The production of asbestos became a major industry in a wide range, at the beginning of the 20th century. From countries like England, South Africa, Australia and the United States, asbestos was mined. The knowledge of asbestos exposure occurred in the early period of the development in this industry. During the year 1906, the first medical report of a person dying due to fibrosis of the lungs was published.
Strong evidence has developed relating asbestosis to many various asbestos firms in Britain by the late 1920’s. The government in 1930 showing the drastic effects of the asbestos is funded a survey. It reported that the rate of sickness would be geometric, if the employees work for more than ten years in the presence of asbestos. It also stated that the rate of disease could be reduced if the asbestos dusts are controlled from the atmosphere. The disease has developed mostly in people directly involved in working with asbestos.
During the year 1930, the evidence of malignant mesothelioma started to evolve. Later it was slowly linked with asbestos. There was a common knowledge that most of the deaths in the industry occurred due to lung cancer. Tuberculosis was also widespread at that time. The need of an autopsy developed to know the exact mode of death, analyzing whether the cancerous cells developed in the mesothelium or due to some other ailments.
The major difficulty occurred with the length in the time gap in relating the mesothelium and the exposure of asbestos. Since the symptoms regarding this deadliest disease are similar to other various common diseases, many people were diagnosed later after working among the asbestos and when the disease developed with more severity.
In the year 1959, three researchers developed and presented in a seminar in South Africa some stunning evidence providing a link between mesothelioma and asbestos. The study released major shocking notes against the asbestos industry and its effects. A major cover-up of these facts from the industry owners were developed in order to save the asbestos industry rather than protecting the workers. Various litigations were further developed for the fulfillment of the persons who had developed mesothelioma with asbestos exposure. The lawsuits helped them in claiming a maximum compensation from the major asbestos-abusing companies.
Source by Kristy Annely