Asbestos and Disease by Irving J. Selikoff (Auth.)

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Harshness is linked to the flexural modulus of the fibers; those with high values being harsh and relatively stiff and giving an open, bulky, and fairly porous mass. Flexible, soft fibers tend to form stringy and denser masses. Harshness has been variously related to the water content of the fiber, fine mineral intergrowths in the bundles, and the relative proportions of two crystallographic forms (708). The characteristics of soft and harsh chrysotile are given in Table 2 - 6 . The important commercial property of susceptibility to spinning depends upon a combination of flexibility and length of the fiber.

Grading 47 of water-soluble materials. The marked drop with increasing relative humidity of the surrounding air is of great importance if asbestos is to be used with electrical equipment. Asbestos insulating material provides excellent sound absorption unless the fibers are densely packed. It should be remembered, however, that supporting structures such as studs and beams can transmit a very significant proportion of the sound incident upon a structure, particularly in the low frequencies, and so detract from the insulation provided by the asbestos.

Associated Bronchogenic Carcinoma In May, 1935 Lynch and Smith, in the third of their United States papers on pulmonary asbestosis, published the first report of carcinoma of the lung in "asbesto-silicosis" (469). This was in a 57-year-old white man who had worked for 21 years as an asbestos mill weaver in an extremely dusty atmosphere. For five years he had noticed some shortness of breath, and his complaint on admission was pain in the right side of the " s t o m a c h / ' He was autopsied on March 17, 1934.

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