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November 3, 1900

INSANITY IN LEAD-WORKERS.

JAMA. 1900;XXXV(18):1161-1162. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.02460440035011
Abstract

Increasing knowledge of the deleterious effects induced by the toxic products of bacterial activity has contributed in no small degree to enlargement of our conceptions of the influences exerted by toxic substances of other origin—organic and inorganic, generated within the body or introduced from without. To all of these, as to all stimulation and irritation, the nervous system is especially sensitive, and it responds variously to different poisons. The commonest form of industrial poisoning is that of lead, and neuritis is the lesion to which this most often gives rise. Although saturnine encephalopathy was described by Tanquerel in 1836, the references to the subject since that time have not been at all numerous. In a paper read before the Section of Psychology at the recent meeting of the British Medical Association, Jones1 reported 133 cases of various forms of insanity occurring among artisans in various pursuits entailing exposure to

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