Posted on July 6, 2018
By Francisco Báez Baquet
Dedication: I am pleased to dedicate the present work, to the doctors Jaume Ferrer Sancho and Josep Tarrés Olivella, in gratitude for their professional dedication to the study of asbestos-related pathologies.
In 1899, the Dr. Henri Montague Murray, in London, makes the first observation of a death associated with the asbestos, diagnosing autopsy a pulmonary fibrosis in a worker who had worked for fourteen years in the carding workshop of an asbestos spinning, and who had died at thirty-five years of age.
This man was the tenth victim in his area of work (in which mortality was 100%), and in it the Dr. Murray noted the interstitial fibrosis, and some “curious bodies” he had in the lungs, thus being the first in warning about the presence of asbestos bodies.
The so-called “asbestos bodies” or “ferruginous bodies“, were described as such for the first time by Marchand in 1906.