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Asbestos poisoning was covered up by doctors, claims health team

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.327.7409.248-c (Published 31 July 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:248
  1. Ganapati Mudur
  1. New Delhi

    Doctors in India are under pressure to label patients with asbestos poisoning as having tuberculosis or bronchitis and to underplay the health impact of asbestos, a public health team has said.

    Many thousands of people in India suffer from lung diseases caused by exposure to asbestos, occupational health specialists said at a press conference last week, reiterating their demand for a ban on asbestos.

    India uses around 125 000 tonnes of asbestos each year, which it imports mostly from Canada and Russia. Nearly all (90%) …

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