History of asbestos discovery and use and asbestos-related disease in context with the occurrence of asbestos within ophiolite complexes
Two ancient asbestos mines, one near Karystos, Greece, and the other southeast of Mount Troodos, Cyprus, were located in what we now knowto be ophiolite terrane. Evidence suggests that asbestos was discovered and utilized in Cyprus, perhaps as long as 5,000 years ago, for manufacture of cremation cloths, lamp wicks, hats, and shoes. Some of the adverse health effects of asbestos became known only in the early twentieth century, but it was not until the 1960s that the asbestos-related diseases-asbestosis, lung cancer, and mesothelioma-were fully understood.

The Health Effects of Chrysotile Asbestos
This collection of papers summarizes the state of knowledge about chrysotile and amphibole-group asbestos minerals like tremolite, riebeckite and grunerite from a historical and modern perspective. More...