Cotton Dust and the Lung

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To the editor: Pratt and Lynn, in their response (1) to our study of chronic lung disease in cotton textile workers (2, 3), have used the wrong tables (6. 10 to 6.13) from our report (3) to support their hypothesis that “nonsmoking cotton worker's impairment might regress after retirement.”

The data Pratt and Lynn cite from our study are for all cotton workers, those active as well as those no longer working in the mill, rather than only retired workers as their letter states. Because we have shown, and they recognize, that workers who have left the mill on the

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