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Asbestos Mesothelioma History Goes Back Decades



Many people donít realize that mesothelioma history in modern times goes back to the turn of the century. While most people know that asbestos and mesothelioma cancer have been linked since the 1970ís, when the federal government began regulating asbestos use and releasing strong warnings about the material, many donít know that the link between asbestos and mesothelioma histories in workers was actually recognized as early as the early 1900ís.

Early Reports Suppressed or Ignored

In fact, in 1906 a study by Auribault described quite clearly the link between asbestos exposure, a history of mesothelioma and lung disease in those exposed. The study positively identified fifty individuals who died from lung cancers and who showed asbestos fibers in their systems after death. In 1918, the United States Department of Labor declared that there was an, ďurgent need for more extensive investigation,Ē into the link between asbestos exposure and mesothelioma history in patients.

In the 1920ís, a few dozen mesothelioma and asbestosis reports were published world-wide and were largely ignored. The history of asbestos shows that part of this is because they were published in medical journals or industry-specific publications. During this time period there were also the beginnings of a form of suppression or misinformation by manufacturers who used asbestos. The asbestos industry suggested that the mesothelioma histories published were unusual in some way and were showing results that might not be typical. This attitude remained in place and became actual company policy for many companies whose success depended on asbestos.

The Turning Tide

The Wagner report, published in 1960, was explosive when released because it profiled thirty-three patients with a history of mesothelioma. Of those thirty-three, all but one of them had been exposed directly to asbestos. It was at this point in history that the general public began to take notice of just how closely tied mesothelioma and asbestos were. Throughout the 1960ís, hundreds of articles and reports were released that detailed the correlation between asbestos workers and their early deaths.

From being praised as a wonderful miracle product to being one of the most dangerous health mistakes of modern times, mesothelioma history illustrates a very important issue. Moving forward, companies, health care professionals and governments all need to be aware that no new product can be assumed to be safe. In some cases it will take years before the real damages are known and understood. This is what makes mesothelioma history the perfect cautionary tale in todayís rapidly advancing world.

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