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A pneumoconiosis caused by the inhalation of cotton dust. Also known as brown lung disease.



a pulmonary disease, related to the pneumoconiosis group of conditions which arise from prolonged inspiration of cotton dust. Byssinosis may develop in workers at flax processing plants. It is distinguished from other forms of pneumoconiosis by the presence of bronchitis and emphysema accompanied by very weak development of connective tissues.

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Once having thus set the stage, Botsch dissects the Brown Lung Association itself, elaborating on the organizers' orientations towards political activism and their concerns about the institutional life and governance of the BLA.
The Brown Lung Association had achieved some notable gains during the late 1970s.
Si Kahn, a folk singer and VISTA training officer, Mike Szpak, a veteran of the National Welfare Rights Organization, and Charlotte Brody, a nurse who had worked with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, conceived the idea for a brown lung organization.