This SciShow video, shared in September 2015, is all about the history of the toxic material, asbestos.
From its discovery by potters in Finland 4,500 years ago, asbestos has a checkered history. Used around the world in textiles, building materials, insulation, shipbuilding and other industries, asbestos was cheap, plentiful, and water- and heat-resistant. It was also toxic, very toxic.
Asbestos-related illnesses have been recorded in humans as far back as the ancient Egyptians, but it wasn’t until the 1930s that medical research on asbestos workers was first carried out, the findings of which led to better working environments and eventually, the ban on using asbestos in most western countries.
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