Peter Bartrip

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It is claimed that the same linguistic means of term-formation as those found in Celsus continued to be used by medical writers until the fifth century, with variation only in detail (pp. 184, 200-1; contrast p. 87). Given the level of generality of the description (borrowing; affixation; semantic extension; use of noun phrases), it would be amazing were(More)
The first medical article on the hazards of asbestos dust appeared in the British Medical Journal in 1924. Following inquiries by Edward Merewether and Charles Price, the British government introduced regulations to control dangerous dust emissions in UK asbestos factories. Until the 1960s these appeared to have addressed the problem effectively. Only then,(More)
  • P W J Bartrip
  • Journal of the history of medicine and allied…
  • 2003
Between the early 1960s and his death, Irving John Selikoff (1915-1992) was the dominant figure in the field of asbestos and health. He was particularly important in helping to establish a causal association between relatively low and spasmodic exposure to asbestos dust on the part of insulation workers and excess mortality rates. Through scientific and(More)
Asbestos is the generic term for a group of fibrous minerals. Virtually indestructible and of high tensile strength, it is both fire and acid resistant, and yet can be spun into yarn and woven into cloth. Although there is evidence of the use of asbestos in the ancient world, it acquired commercial importance only in the late nineteenth century. Thereafter(More)
In this country any chemist or druggist can furnish the means of self-destruction or murder for a few pence, and in too many instances have done so with the utmost indifference. The sale of a poison is regarded as a mere act of commercial intercourse; tant pis for the unfortunate victim of error or passion; he has the benefit of a coroner's inquest; the(More)
In 1953 myxomatosis, a viral disease of rabbits, broke out in Britain for the first time. It rapidly killed tens of millions of the animals from Kent to the Shetlands. Many farmers and foresters welcomed a disease that virtually eliminated a longstanding and serious agricultural pest. Others were horrified by the sight of thousands of dead and dying(More)