This is data to back up Kuhn's Structure of Scientific Revolutions. See also Deadly Dust~ silicosis and the politics of occupational disease by Rosner and Markowitz. Scientists swept away by the power of Koch's identification of the tubercle bacillus, they insisted that granite cutters had tuberculosis, rather than a dust disease.
Similar resistance was seen in the asbestos struggle. University of Pittsburgh epidemiologist Philip Enterline demonstrated that no researcher who was a skeptic about carcinogenicity ever changed his mind.
It is, I suppose, human nature. It is a rebuttal of the argument that scientists remain skeptic and seek evidence that their previously formed conclusions were incorrect. Who does that? Not me, and, I would wager, not you. - gwcStudy: Elite scientists can hold back science - Vox