Malignant Mesothelioma Of The Peritoneum Occurring In Patients With Domestic Exposures To Asbestos
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Richard Lawrence Kradin is an Associate Professor of Medicine, and of Pathology, Harvard Medical School and a practicing pathologist at Massachusets General Hospital. Dr. Kradin's career has integrated formal training in pulmonary medicine, anatomic pathology, basic immunology, and psychiatry. Dr. Kradin's primary area of expertise is the immunopathology of lung disease, to which he has made significant contributions in the areas of antigen processing by dendritic cells, and the immunopathogenesis of acute and chronic interstitial lung injury.

                       

Malignant Mesothelioma Of The Peritoneum Occurring In Patients With Domestic Exposures To Asbestos

Asbestos was widely used in the last century in the United States as an insulating product. It has been recognized since the 1960’s that asbestos is a cause of malignant mesothelioma, an otherwise exceedingly rare, aggressive, and essentially incurable cancer that involves the surface of the lung and chest wall. A small percentage (~1/10) of mesotheliomas occur in the peritoneum, which lines the abdominal organs. For years, it has been argued and written in textbooks that peritoneal mesotheliomas occur in...

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