vintage BLACK  LUNG DISH ceramic novelty. Id have it on the patio as an ashtray for smokers

vintage BLACK LUNG DISH ceramic novelty. Id have it on the patio as an ashtray for smokers

Class-action lawsuit filed against Johns Hopkins Hospital over black lung program | Center for Public Integrity.  Their respected doctor never diagnosed black lung disease though hundreds of other doctors did. Autopsies and biopsies proved the presence of black lung.

Class-action lawsuit filed against Johns Hopkins Hospital over black lung program | Center for Public Integrity. Their respected doctor never diagnosed black lung disease though hundreds of other doctors did. Autopsies and biopsies proved the presence of black lung.

{true story} Coal miner Lee Hipshire in 1976, shortly after emerging from a mine in Logan County, W. Va. at the end of his shift. At age 36, he had worked 26 years underground. A few years later, Lee took early retirement because of pneumoconiosis, or black lung disease. He died at 57.

{true story} Coal miner Lee Hipshire in 1976, shortly after emerging from a mine in Logan County, W. Va. at the end of his shift. At age 36, he had worked 26 years underground. A few years later, Lee took early retirement because of pneumoconiosis, or black lung disease. He died at 57.

Mark McCowan, 47, was diagnosed with the worst stage of black lung only five years after an X-ray showed he had no sign of the disease.

Mark McCowan, 47, was diagnosed with the worst stage of black lung only five years after an X-ray showed he had no sign of the disease.

"Retired Coal Miner Ed Austin with Some of His 20 Children in Fireco, West Virginia, near Beckley. The 64-Year-Old Worked in the Mines From 1925 to 1956. He Receives Black Lung Payments and a United Mine Workers Pension" Taken 04/1974    Love this photo! My grandpa was a coal miner and he lived in Fireco, WV for a while.

"Retired Coal Miner Ed Austin with Some of His 20 Children in Fireco, West Virginia, near Beckley. The 64-Year-Old Worked in the Mines From 1925 to 1956. He Receives Black Lung Payments and a United Mine Workers Pension" Taken 04/1974 Love this photo! My grandpa was a coal miner and he lived in Fireco, WV for a while.

'Black lung' makes comeback in Queensland coal mines, union suggests 'cover-up' could 'blow top off industry'

'Black lung' makes comeback in Queensland coal mines, union suggests 'cover-up' could 'blow top off industry'

Coalminers call for inquiry after return of black lung disease in Queensland

Coalminers call for inquiry after return of black lung disease in Queensland

Coal miners rally for black lung law reform on the steps of the U.S. Capitol in 1975. (See more from Earl Dotter's "Quiet Sickness" series here - on NPR site.)

Coal miners rally for black lung law reform on the steps of the U.S. Capitol in 1975. (See more from Earl Dotter's "Quiet Sickness" series here - on NPR site.)

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