Monday, 29 April, 2019 - 13:30

Speaker: Professor Ken Donaldson, Emeritus Professor of Toxicology, University of Edinburgh

By the mid-19th century around 200,000 miners were employed in a UK coal mining industry still growing with the advances of the Industrial Revolution. Coal miners were long known to suffer poor health but the link to inhaling dust in the mines had not been made. As studies began to uncover what came to be known as ‘coal worker’s pneumoconiosis’, this sparked a remarkable intellectual effort by physicians in Scotland to study this condition. In this talk, Professor Donaldson will discuss the historical developments in medical understanding of this disease and its link to coal-blackened lungs.

This talk is organised by the Senior Fellows Club of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh.