Histological slides prepared by Dr J C Wagner, 1950-1991
In 1960, pathologist Dr Christopher Wagner (1923–2000) presented a significant research paper on ‘Diffuse pleural mesothelioma and asbestos exposure in the North Western Cape province’. It was published in the British Journal of Industrial Medicine. In this paper, Wagner, and his colleagues C. A. Sleggs and P. Marchand, made a causal link between exposure to blue asbestos (crocidolite) and the lung cancer, mesothelioma. In 28 of the cases presented in the work, there was an association with the asbestos mountains in the Cape Province of South Africa. This cabinet contains microscope slides of human tissues, many of which show the harmful effects of asbestos. The paper caused a furore. It has impacted industry worldwide and the dangers of asbestos have been accepted. Control, containment and disposal of the widespread material is an ongoing public health concern.
Related Themes and Topics
Glossary: human remains
term created as part of the NMSI human remains policy (from April 2007); Other terms used are 'blood' and 'human hair'
The study of the structure of tissues by means of special staining techniques combined with light and electron microscopy.
Glossary: histological slides