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Sixty years on: the price of assembling military gas masks in 1940
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    Modelling mesothelioma risk for workers assembling military gas masks
    • John W. Cherrie, Research Director
    • Other Contributors:
      • Hilary Cowie, Alan Jones

    McDonald et al [1] present an updated analysis of a cohort of mostly women who made gas masks incorporating crocidolite asbestos between 1940 and 1944. They found a high risk of death from pleural and peritoneal mesothelioma, confirming the carcinogenicity of crocidolite, but during the last 8 years of follow-up there were no further deaths from mesothelioma (their Figure 1 and Table 3).

    They noted that th...

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