The effect of occupational exposure on pulmonary function: a longitudinal evaluation of fire fighters and nonfire fighters.


To examine the chronic effect of fire fighting on pulmonary function, we undertook a longitudinal analysis of 168 fire fighters and 1,474 nonfire fighters enrolled in a study of normal aging. Spirometric measurements (FVC and FEV1) were obtained on all subjects over a 5-yr intake period (1963 to 1968) and these subjects were reexamined 5 yr later (1968 to… (More)


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