Asbestos in Antiquity
Asbestos is a fibrous mineral that you can spin and turn into cloth, much like cotton. It is chemically stable and flame-retardant, while also providing incredible strength. Its uses must have been clear to our ancestors, since humans have been using the mineral for various reasons for thousands of years. However, this mineral is incredibly dangerous, and its use was widely banned in the United States only fairly recently.
Asbestos has been proven to be a direct cause of an incredibly dangerous form of lung cancer called mesothelioma. Because the effects of asbestos exposure can remain dormant for decades before making themselves known, many people do not remember when they came into contact with this carcinogen. If you have developed mesothelioma or another asbestos-related disease, fill out the contact form at the top of this page to get the legal assistance you need.
Ancient Uses of Asbestos
Asbestos use dates back over 4,000 years. Back then, it was a mysterious material thought to have magical properties. Kings were known to have napkins made of asbestos. Additionally, there are many instances of travelers being shown fireproof clothing made of asbestos. Some scholars believe ancient people wrapped their dead in shrouds of asbestos in order to cremate them more effectively. Asbestos was also used to create candles that would never burn out. In fact, the word asbestos is rooted in the Greek for “inextinguishable.”
Interestingly, even thousands of years ago, scholars noted the damaging effects of asbestos exposure in slaves. However, their limited body of knowledge did not allow them to discover exactly how lethal asbestos exposure could be.
To our ancestors, asbestos was a mysterious, magical substance, and their ignorance of its dangers is somewhat excusable. However, with the enormous scientific and medical leaps and bounds humans have made in the past centuries, asbestos exposure should be a thing of the past. If you are now suffering from asbestos exposure, please fill out the Asbestos & Mesothelioma Help Center’s contact form to get more information on how you can cope with this horrible ailment or to learn about what you can do to take legal action.