An Outline of Asbestos-Related Health Effects

David Y. Zhang, M.D., Ph.D.
Departments of Pathology and Public Health, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, NY, USA

Series: Public Health in the 21st Century
BISAC: MED078000

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Asbestos have been used in many different environments, including industrial and home construction projects, vehicles, railroads and shipyards, to name a few. Asbestos have significantly affected many lives, particularly individuals and their families who have experienced substantial direct or indirect occupational exposure to asbestos as well as asbestos-containing products and equipment. Many diseases and conditions are reported to have a direct or indirect causal link to asbestos exposure. This book summarizes the historical background, current knowledge and advancements concerning asbestos and its related diseases in a simple, easy to understand and concise format. The first chapter covers asbestos mineralogy, industrial applications, occupational and environmental exposure as well as methods of fiber analysis. The second chapter focuses on asbestos pathogenesis, including asbestos levels in the environment and various worksites, the biological effects of asbestos fibers and factors determining its toxicity. The third chapter provides an overview of asbestos-related diseases such as asbestosis, pleural diseases, lung cancer and mesothelioma. Each section also includes a discussion of cause and causation, clinical presentation, pathology, diagnosis, treatment, prognosis and surveillance. The fourth chapter outlines the basic concepts of biostatistics and epidemiology, criteria in establishing the causal relationships, the occupational approach of environmental diseases and current standards and regulations. This book serves as an easy to read, quick reference presented in a bulleted format that allows readers to quickly and easily review the information. It is a useful resource for occupational medicine specialists, healthcare providers and environmental scientists who are interested in understanding asbestos and managing asbestos-related diseases. (Imprint: Novinka)

Preface

Chapter 1. Asbestos Mineralogy and Industrial Applications

Chapter 2. Asbestos Pathogenesis

Chapter 3. Asbestos Related Diseases

Chapter 4. Asbestos Regulation and Epidemiology

References

About the Author

Index

“This is a very nice, concise and easy-to-read book about asbestos exposure and asbestos disease. Although it is written in a very practical manner, with brief bullets that speedily convey information, the book provides in-depth information of the many aspects of asbestos diseases, from exposure to diagnosis, from air levels to methods of monitoring, from pathological findings to radiological imaging. Additionally, the book offers basic information on topics that are not so readily-available to the busy physician or medical student or resident: there is a concise review of topics such as lung cancer, pulmonary function tests, general principles of epidemiology, and others, which contribute to frame the general topic of diagnosis and treatment of asbestos related disease. For the occupational physician or resident, the book clearly describes, again concisely but with a lot of attention, the different professions where workers can be exposed to asbestos and the characteristics of such exposures. Finally, there is an in-depth review of issues of causation and attribution that would help physicians who may be involved in litigation. All in all, Dr. Zhang has done an exceptional job in putting together a very vast and controverted topic into very succinct, direct, informative and comprehensive bulleted format.” - Jaime Szeinuk, MD, MPH, Occupational and Environmental Medicine of Long Island, Northwell Health, Assistant Professor, Department of Occupational Medicine, Epidemiology and Prevention, Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine, NY USA

"Asbestos remains a serious and persistent public health threat despite banning its use generations ago. Dr Zhang's thorough review of the topic provides the reader with a well needed update of the literature for a hazard we should never forget. This book is an easy read and is great reference for anyone who needs to truly understand the health effects of Asbestos. I only wish I had this book as a reference 20 years ago." - Scott Levy MD MPH FACOEM, Asia Pacific Regional Medical Manager, Chevron, Chairman of the Board, Western Occupational and Environmental Medicine Association

"This book is a great resource for asbestos and its related diseases. It gives a great in depth review ranging from exposures to radiographic findings and medical surveillance. This is one of the most concise book covering all aspects of asbestos that will be extremely useful for any medical professional. As a former residency program director of occupational medicine, I find this book to be an invaluable resource for residents in occupational medicine. I highly recommend this book." - Winston C Kwa, MD, MPH, FACOEM, Assistant Professor, Medical Director, the Selikoff Centers for Occupational Health, Lower Hudson Valley Region, Department of Environmental Medicine and Public Health, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, NY, USA

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This book was written for occupational medicine specialists, healthcare providers and environmental scientists who are interested in understanding asbestos and managing asbestos-related diseases. This book may also be interested to lawyers in asbestos related litigation.

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