Sunday, January 23, 2005

Black Lung

Also called �Black-lung Disease, or Coal-workers' Pneumoconiosis, � respiratory disorder, a type of pneumoconiosis caused by repeated inhalation of coal dust over a period of years. The disease gets its name from a distinctive blue-black marbling of the lung caused by accumulation of the dust. Georgius Agricola, a German mineralogist, first described lung disease in coal miners in the 16th century, and it is now widely recognized. It

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