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ASBESTOS HISTORY - MEDICAL TIMELINE

Published Medical Literature Time-line 

Year

Author

Brief Summary 

1879

                  

First commercial production of asbestos containing insulation materials.         
1899 Murray First published case of lung scarring caused by asbestos.
1927 Cooke Term "Asbestosis" first used to describe lung scarring caused by asbestos.
1920's More than 25 published articles concerning asbestos and lung disease.
1930 Merewether Greater than 25% of asbestos textile workers showed signs of asbestosis. First published article demonstrating that the greater the dose of asbestos exposure, the greater the likelihood of disease (dose/response).
1935 Lynch & Smith First published report in United States of workers suffering from both asbestosis and lung cancer.
1930's More than 150 articles on asbestos related disease published in medical literature.
1942 Holleb & Anguist Report of lung cancer in association with pulmonary asbestosis.
1943 Hueper Recognizes that industry may exert pressure in order to keep information on "industrial cancer" well under cover.
1943 Wedler Reports on pleural-based cancer (mesothelioma) in asbestos exposed patients.
1946 Fleisher, Viles, & Drinker Found asbestosis occurring in end users of asbestos products (pipecoverers who had worked with insulation products in shipyards).
1949 Editorial, Journal of the American Medical Association Noting incidence of lung cancer in asbestosis patients was 13 times greater than in general population.
1953 Weiss Report of pleural mesothelioma in insulation worker who also had asbestosis.
1955 Doll Incidence of lung cancer among asbestos textile workers found to be nearly 14 times greater than in general population.
1950's More than 125 articles on asbestos and disease in the medical literature.
1964 Selikoff Published results of largest study to date of asbestos exposed workers demonstrating excess deaths due to asbestosis.
1968 Selikoff  Demonstrates lung cancer incidence among smoking asbestos-exposed workers to be 50 times greater than in non-exposed population.

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If you or someone you know is suffering from lung cancer and/or lung disease asbestosis, mesothelioma or other asbestos related diseases caused by asbestos or asbestos containing products, you may be eligible to file a claim. 

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