John IllmanLondon, UKjohn{at}jicmedia.orgIn 1967 a young doctor, Morris Greenberg, noted t...

Morris Greenberg: occupational health specialist on a lifelong quest to make the world asbestos free – The BMJ

John IllmanLondon, UKjohn{at}jicmedia.orgIn 1967 a young doctor, Morris Greenberg, noted that every surface in a London factory was covered in white asbestos dust. Workers without face masks were brushing the floor, churning up clouds of the so called “magic mineral,” unaware of the danger, even though one man was struggling to breathe. Ironically, he complained that his mask impeded his breathing.AsbestosMarking a turning point in Greenberg’s career, the Bermondsey visit fired his lifelong quest to make the world asbestos free, despite persistent government prevarication and formidable industrial opposition. Asbestos took Greenberg into a murky world of scientific deceit and political …

 

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