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Lead Poisoning Resulting from the Manufacture of Storage Batteries
Balsac, Lafont and Feil recently published in the Bulletin médical the results of an inquiry made to complete their previous investigation of occupational morbidity among workmen employed in the manufacture of accumulators. They found that lead poisoning in workmen so engaged is frequent. They examined fifty workers, two women and forty-eight men. Of the latter, nineteen were Frenchmen and twenty-nine were Moroccans. Only two of the workers were under 20 years of age, while eight were past 40. The stigmas of lead poisoning and of preliminary stages, which the authors studied particularly, are: urticaria, basophilic stippling of red blood cells, nucleated red blood cells, Teleski's sign (extensors of the wrist too weak to raise the hand above an angle of 45 degrees when the forearm is extended), and finally lead colic. For thenineteen Frenchmen and two French women, the findings were:
PARIS. JAMA. 1925;85(18):1412-1413. doi:10.1001/jama.1925.02670180068026