Black Lung anatomy of a public health disaster

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In the definitive history of a twentieth-century public health disaster, Alan Derickson recounts how, for decades after methods of prevention were known, hundreds of thousands of American miners suffered and died from black lung, a respiratory illness caused by the inhalation of coal mine dust. The combined failure of government, medicine, and industry to halt the spread of this disease―and even to acknowledge its existence―resulted in a national tragedy, the effects of which are still being felt. Hardcover 1998.