Magic Mineral to Killer Dust: Turner and Newall and the Asbestos Hazard

Paperback | April 1, 2001

byGeoffrey Tweedale

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Asbestos was once known as the 'magic mineral' because of its ability to withstand flames. Yet since the 1970s, it has become a notorious and feared 'killer dust' that is responsible for thousands of deaths and an epidemic that continues into the new millennium.This is the first comprehensive account of the UK asbestos health problem, which provides an in-depth look at the occupational health experience of one of the world's leading asbestos companies-British asbestos giant, Turner and Newall.Based on a vast company archive recently released in American litigation, 'Magic Mineral to Killer Dust' gives an unprecedented insight into all aspects of the asbestos hazard - dust control, workmen's compensation, government regulation, and the development of medical knowledge. In particular, itlooks at the role of industrialists, doctors, factory inspectors, and trades unionists, highlighting the failures in regulation that allowed the commercial development of a material that was known to be lethal since at least 1900.

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Asbestos was once known as the 'magic mineral' because of its ability to withstand flames. Yet since the 1970s, it has become a notorious and feared 'killer dust' that is responsible for thousands of deaths and an epidemic that continues into the new millennium.This is the first comprehensive account of the UK asbestos health problem, ...

Geoffrey Tweedale is Reader in the Centre for Business History, Manchester Metropolitan University. From 1983 he worked as a Researcher and Teacher in the History of Business, Technology, and Medicine, and more recently has held the position of Research Fellow at both Manchester and Sheffield universities.

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Format:PaperbackPublished:April 1, 2001Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

A Physical ParadoxDust Control and Mortality: 1931 to the 1940sMedical Provision, Diagnosis, and PrescriptionCompensation for Asbestos WorkersDeath by Industrial DiseaseDust, Mortality, and the Cancer Hazard: 1940s to the early 1960sCountervailing ForcesLighting the Powder TrailThe Asbestos 'Bomb' ExplodesTurner and Newall on TrialAn Acceptable Level of DeathReferences

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`This is a fascinating and thought-provoking book and a damning indictment of government and big business approaches to occupational health. Given the role that asbestos has played in the maritime induatries, it should be essential reading.'Sandra Spears, Lloyds List, March 11, 2000.