The sick building syndrome: prevalence studies.

  title={The sick building syndrome: prevalence studies.},
  author={Matthew J. Finnegan and C. A. C. Pickering and Peter Sherwood Burge},
  journal={British Medical Journal (Clinical research ed.)},
  pages={1573 - 1575}
Random samples or the entire workforce in nine offices in which similar clerical work was being performed were studied using a doctor administered questionnaire that inquired into symptoms that have been linked with the "sick building syndrome." Five of the offices were fully air conditioned, one had recirculation of air and mechanical ventilation, and three were naturally ventilated. Workers in three air conditioned and three naturally ventilated buildings were interviewed blind. Seven of the… 
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