July 14, 1928


JAMA. 1928;91(2):107-108. doi:10.1001/jama.1928.02700020041017

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The Tetra-Ethyl Lead Inquiry  The apprehensions that have been aroused in this country by the use of ethyl gasoline, which is imported from America, have been described in previous letters, and the appointment by the government of a committee of inquiry, at the first sitting of which American evidence was given as to the innocuousness of the gasoline. At the second sitting Dr. Myer Coplans, who had contributed a series of alarmist articles on the subject to the Daily Mail, gave evidence. Some of his points were as follows: 1. Regarding the handling of the components and oily surfaces of engines in which ethyl asoline had been used. The proportion of lead present considerably exceeds the limits laid down for lead paint. No handling with bare hands of these oily deposits and contaminated parts should be permitted. 2. The exhaust gases from motor cars. The lead paint regulations forbid the

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