Letters to the Editor

  title={Letters to the Editor},
  author={Robert E. Pfister},
  journal={NEW SOLUTIONS: A Journal of Environmental and Occupational Health Policy},
  pages={31 - 36}
  • R. Pfister
  • Published 1 May 1994
  • Medicine
  • NEW SOLUTIONS: A Journal of Environmental and Occupational Health Policy
CONCERN ABOUT APPORTIONMENT To the Editor: A RLENE RITZEN ANDLINDA Rosenstock wrote a very interesting and useful article on apportioning causes (and benefits) for occupational disease in workers' compensation. ["The Misuse of Epidemiology and Apportionment in Compensation for Occupational Disease," Spring 1993] The authors raise several concerns about apportionment, and I would like to raise another. Workers' compensation statutes replaced common-law liability as a way of compensating injured… 


Dust exposure and mortality in chrysotile mining, 1910-75.
The inability of such a large epidemiological survey to detect increased risk at what, today, are considered unacceptable dust concentrations is emphasised, and the consequent importance of exposure-response models are emphasised.
Perspectives of comparing risks of environmental carcinogens.
The assumptions and data set upon which the HERPs were based were analyzed, concluding that such a simplified approach to set public health policy is inappropriate given the underlying uncertainties.
Too many rodent carcinogens: mitogenesis increases mutagenesis.
In the Perspective "Too many rodent carcinogens: Mitogenesis increases mutagenesis" by Bruce N. Ames and Lois Swirsky Gold (31 Aug., p. 970), the last paragraph on page 970 (continuing on page 971)
A case-control study of lung cancer with special reference to the effect of air pollution in Poland.
Under conditions found in Cracow, air pollution may increase lung cancer risk, acting multiplicatively with known risk factors such as smoking and industrial exposure.
Lung cancer mortality among men living near an arsenic-emitting smelter.
No firm conclusions can be drawn on the cause of excess lung cancer risk in the Smelter area, but it seems plausible that the very substantial emissions to air from the smelter, especially of arsenic, may have played a role.
Anaphylaxis induced by the carboxymethylcellulose component of injectable triamcinolone acetonide suspension (Kenalog).
The results indicate that the triamcinolone acetonide component responsible for the patient's reaction was the suspending agent carboxymethylcellulose, urging physicians to consider component testing when patients experience allergic-type reactions to drugs.
A serial study of psychometric and magnetic resonance imaging changes in multiple sclerosis.
Over a 6-month period, five patients with early relapsing--remitting multiple sclerosis and five with long-standing, benign multiple sclerosis underwent serial psychometric testing and contrast
Is cranial computerized tomography useful in the diagnosis of multiple system atrophy?
CT demonstrated system involvement that was not evident clinically in five of 33 cases, however, in all five the clinical diagnosis was already evident from the presence of both autonomic and pyramidal signs in addition to parkinsonism.