Among the many diseases incident to the coal-miner, none come oftener under medical treatment, than
affections of the respiratory and circulating organs. While the collier is subject--during his short but laborious
life--to the other diseases which afflict the labouring classes in this country, such as inflammations, fevers,
acute rheumatism, and the various eruptive diseases, he, at last, unavoidably, falls a victim to lesions within
the cavity of the chest, arising from the nature of his employment.