Building-related illness and sick building syndrome: from the specific to the vague
EDWARD P. HORVATH, MD, MPH
Dr. Horvath is director of occupational health in the Department of General Internal Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic. He is coeditor of the textbook Occupational Medicine.
When a primary-care physician encounters a patient with a possible building-related illness, common sense applies. Does the patient have a potentially serious condition? Does he or she need a referral to a specialist? This paper explores the topics of building-related illness and sick building syndrome.