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[78] Because silicosis usually developed over many years and was usually diagnosed as tuberculosis or other pulmonary illnesses, it did not arouse the alarm that phossy jaw and lead poisoning did.
(77.) Although the Esch-Hughes bill eliminated phossy jaw in the match industry, the disease did not go away.
If the immediate problem that they were trying to solve (that is, phossy jaw) was not of monumental proportions, the institutional and political implications of their legislative campaign certainly were.
From that point on, American newspapers reported periodically on the discovery of phossy jaw cases and on the plight of the victims.(7)