Metallurgists get "red lung" from inhaling too much iron oxide dust. Some
get "white lung" from all the alumina used during polishing samples. (The
latter should not be confused with those metallurgists who snort white dust
from a table.) Fingerprints can be worn down quite a bit from holding
samples that are very small during polishing processing. Chronic
complaining often occurs due to the lack of participation by metallurgists
in the material selection process (usually done by mechanical/electrical
designers). This leads to frequent shaking of the head from left to right
causing sore muscles.
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