Acute Silicosis


A QUARTER of the earth's crust is composed of silicon, so it is not surprising that the inhalation of dust has been recognised for centuries as a cause of shortness of breath in miners and stone operatives. In 1649 Dimerbrook (Collins, 1915) described chest rigidity associated with dyspncea in the granite workers of the Carpathians, who were themselves… (More)


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