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March 15, 1913

Lead-Poisoning and Lead Absorption.

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The Symptoms, Pathology and Prevention, with Special Reference to Their Industrial Origin and an Account of the Principal Processes Involving Risk. By Thomas M. Legge. M.D., D.P.H., H.M. Medical Inspector of Factories, and Kenneth W. Goadby, M.R.C.S., D.P.H., Pathologist and Lecturer on Bacteriology, National Dental Hospital, London. International Medical Monographs. General Editors: Leonard Hill, M.B., F.R.S., and William Bulloch, M.D. Cloth. Price, $3.50. Pp. 308, with Illustrations. New York: Longmans, Green & Co., 1912.

JAMA. 1913;60(11):855. doi:10.1001/jama.1913.04340110061028

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This is one of the series of International Medical Monographs, written by two men whose experience entitles them to speak with authority on industrial plumbism. T. M. Legge is medical inspector of factories for Great Britain, and Renneth Goadby is "appointed surgeon to certain smelting and white-lead factories in East London." This term does not mean, as it would in America, that Dr. Goadby has charge of the surgical work only of these factories. His function is to examine all employees weekly or fortnightly for signs of leadpoisoning.

The book is written in a style to be understood by laymen as well as by medical men. It is not a critical review of the subject so much as a clear statement of the authors' conclusions from their own experience. Their principal thesis is that lead-poisoning is mainly dust-poisoning, that in the vast majority of cases of industrial plumbism the portal

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