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March 7, 2001

Lead PoisoningBrush With Death: A Social History of Lead Poisoning

Author Affiliations

Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorDavid H.MorseMS, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media


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JAMA. 2001;285(9):1222. doi:10.1001/jama.285.9.1222-JBK0307-5-1

For those interested in the history of medicine and, particularly, public health and epidemiology, this is a must read. It is a particularly unusual story since its modern iteration began over 100 years ago, yet it remains a work in progress. The story is about lead—its history, many uses, and contribution to the industrial revolution. It is also about the rise in the occupational health movement: the conflicts between corporate interests and their representative trade associations and the early pioneers of occupational health and safety.

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