Toxicity Testing of Mineral Dusts. Past. Present. Future

  • Jean Bignon
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (volume 3)


Our industrial world is responsible for the emission of a great amount of respirable mineral dusts, either natural or artificially produced. This dust emission has become increasingly an important health problem, particularly in places of work where specific dusts were found to be responsible for severe lung diseases: silicosis, coal miner’s pneumoconiosis, berylliosis, hard metal lung fibrosis and asbestos-related diseases. Asbestos and other fibrous dusts are presently a major concern because of their carcinogenic potential [1,2].


Dust Emission Mineral Dust Tracheal Epithelial Cell Chrysotile Asbestos Severe Lung Disease 
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