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"In Asbestos: Its production and use, with some account of the asbestos mines of Canada, Robert H. Jones provides a comprehensive examination of the asbestos industry and its associated health and environmental risks. This meticulously researched book is divided into several sections, each exploring different aspects of asbestos production, its historical context, and the impact it has had on various communities.

Jones begins by offering a thorough introduction to the origins of asbestos and its early usage, tracing its transition from a seemingly miraculous mineral with a wide range of applications to one shrouded in controversy and health concerns. The author delves into a detailed exploration of the Canadian asbestos mines, shedding light on their formation, development, and the economic and social implications they had on the local communities.

One of the strengths of Jones' work is his ability to present facts and statistical data in a reader-friendly manner. Rather than overwhelming the audience with technical jargon, the book strikes a delicate balance between accessibility and scholarly rigor. This approach enables a broader audience to engage with the subject matter, while still providing an in-depth understanding of the various aspects of asbestos production.

Another notable aspect of the book is its objective and sobering account of the devastating health consequences associated with asbestos exposure. Jones explores the scientific studies linking asbestos to respiratory diseases, such as mesothelioma and asbestosis, and highlights the struggles faced by individuals affected by these conditions. Through personal narratives and interviews, the author manages to humanize the issue and create a stronger emotional connection for the reader.

Moreover, Jones tackles the complex socio-political dynamics surrounding the asbestos industry head-on. He delves into the controversies surrounding the lobbying efforts of mining companies and the ethical considerations surrounding the use of an inherently hazardous mineral. The author does not shy away from discussing the potential conflicts of interest that emerged between workers' safety, corporate profits, and government regulation.

While the book provides a comprehensive analysis of asbestos production and its consequences, it does have some limitations. The in-depth focus on the Canadian asbestos industry may leave readers yearning for a more global perspective. Additionally, the book occasionally delves into technical descriptions that may deter readers who have a limited scientific background.

Overall, Asbestos: Its production and use, with some account of the asbestos mines of Canada is an essential contribution to the literature on asbestos. Robert H. Jones skillfully navigates the multifaceted aspects of this complex topic, shedding light on the historical, scientific, and social dimensions of asbestos production. His thorough research and compelling narratives make this book an indispensible resource for anyone seeking a deeper understanding of the industry and its far-reaching consequences."

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Transcriber's Note: Transliterated Greek words are marked with 's like so: Greek.








The substance of the following pages was originally comprised in a series of Letters from Canada to a friend in London, who was desirous of obtaining all the authentic information possible on a subject on which so little appears to be generally known.

The use of Asbestos in the arts and manufactures is now rapidly assuming such large proportions that, it is believed, it will presently be found more difficult to say to what purposes it cannot be applied than to what it can and is.

Under these circumstances, although much of the information here given is not new, but has been gathered from every available source, it is hoped that the compilation in its present shape may be found acceptable... Continue reading book >>

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