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January 13, 1934


Author Affiliations

Washington, D. C. Surgeon General, U. S. Public Health Service.

JAMA. 1934;102(2):148. doi:10.1001/jama.1934.02750020060026

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To the Editor:—  I have just read the interesting editorial in The Journal, Dec. 16, 1933, on the hazards of dry cleaning. My attention was called to the statement in the last part of the third paragraph on page 1970 to the effect that "the purchase of gasoline at a filling station may also involve a hazard other than fire—that of tetra-ethyl lead poisoning."Based on a study carried on by the Public Health Service, regulations for the protection of the public were prepared by a committee of scientists appointed by myself with Dr. W. H. Howell as chairman. You are no doubt well acquainted with this committee and its work. I would, however, call your attention to Bulletin 163 from the Public Health Service, "The Use of Tetra-Ethyl Lead Gasoline in Its Relation to Public Health," which gives these regulations. You will note that the committee recommends, among other

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