Malignant mesothelioma. A cluster in a native American pueblo

Author Name: 
Driscoll, R. J., Mulligan, W. J., Schultz, D. and Candelaria
Publication Date: 
Sunday, December 18, 1988
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Description: 
While the link between malignant mesothelioma and asbestos exposure is well known, there is still a great deal of work necessary in the lab by clinicians in order to identify exposure levels. Research on malignant mesotheliomas were done by Driscoll et. Al. on three separate Native Americans in New Mexico’s Public Health Service Hospital with the goal of making these connections more clear and to hopefully reduce the amount of time needed to clinically determine the identify these levels. The team got to work on testing and found that occurrence of mesothelioma was 1000 times more prevalent in the Santa Fe Pueblo that these patients came from and hypothesized that because of the Silversmithing to create jewelry, the treatments that were used to make the jewelry had severe levels of asbestos resulting in the higher incidence of Cancer. The article delves in the theory. The Driscoll article concludes that malignant mesothelioma and Silver Jewelry design should be considered and studied further, the practices of Moccasin building and jewelry design are major risk factors for Native Americans.