In the classic British film Brief Encounter (1945), derived from a Noel Coward play, housewife Laura (Celia Johnson) and physician Alec (Trevor Howard) begin an affair. She is desperately mesmerized in a train station lounge by his evocation of his passion for pneumoconioses:
Laura: “You were saying about the coal mines…”
Alec: “Oh yes, the inhalation of coal dust…That’s one specific form of the disease. It’s called anthracosis.”
Laura [Tenderly]: “What are the others?”
Alec: “Chalicosis. That comes from metal dust. Steel works, you know…”
Laura [Breathlessly]: “Yes, of course… Steel works…”
Alec: “And silicosis… That’s stone dust… Gold mines…”
Laura [Almost swooning]: “I see…”
Laura: “There’s your train.”
Laura: “You mustn’t miss it.”
In the film Zoolander, starring Ben Stiller, he claims to have "The Black Lung" after working in a coal mine for one day.
^ Andreoli, Thomas, ed. CECIL Essentials of Medicine. Saunders: Pennsylvania, 2004. p. 737.