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Volcanic ash and respiratory symptoms in children on the island of Montserrat, British West Indies
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    Inhaling volcanic ash on Montserrat

    Dear Editor

    I have only recently had an opportunity to see the OEM online abstract of this paper[1] but I did see the unpublished original version in the Health Department archives whilst I was Chief Medical Officer on Montserrat from late 1998 to late 2000.

    My first comment is that this survey of schoolchildren was carried out in February 1998 and yet it has only now been published in a scientific journ...

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    Respiratory effects of volcanic emissions

    Dear Editor

    Although at least 455 million people worldwide live within potential exposure range of a volcano active within recorded history,[1] surprisingly little primary epidemiological research on health effects of volcanic emissions has been published. The research by Forbes et al.[2] on the respiratory effects of the eruptions in Montserrat is therefore very welcome. However, more studies are neede...

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