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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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by Christian Warren, 362 pp, with illus, $45, ISBN 0-8018-6289-2, Baltimore, Md, Johns Hopkins University Press, 2000.

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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