Black lung (pneumoconiosis, “miner’s lung”) is a chronic disease of the respiratory passages caused by continuous inhalation of particular types of dust. Ancient authors like the Greek lexicographer Pollux and the Roman scholar Pliny the Elder were already aware that miners and metalworkers were often affected by respiratory diseases (which were then called ásthma or phthisía in Greek). But it was only in the contex…
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Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Executive editor of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy.
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