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Sawdust in carpentry workshops in rural areas of developing countries
  1. Oscar H Del Brutto1,
  2. Ani Reich2,
  3. Mauricio Zambrano2
  1. 1School of Medicine, Universidad Espíritu Santo, Guayaquil, Ecuador
  2. 2Community Center, The Atahualpa Project, Atahualpa, Ecuador
  1. Correspondence to Dr Oscar H Del Brutto, Air Center 3542, PO Box 522970, Miami, FL 33152-2970, USA; oscardelbrutto{at}

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During a door-to-door survey performed by our group for the assessment of neurological disorders in Atahualpa, a rural village of coastal Ecuador where most men work as carpenters, we noticed that most carpentry workshops are completely covered with sawdust (figure 1). This is based on the popular belief that more sawdust attracts more customers as they would think …

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