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June 1952


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AMA Arch Intern Med. 1952;89(6):967-969. doi:10.1001/archinte.1952.00240060110013

LEAD poisoing as a cause of jaundice is seldom mentioned in the literature. The following case seems worthy of presentation because of this infrequent mention and the unusually severe exposure incurred outside the usual hazardous industries.

REPORT OF CASE  B. B., a 24-year-old white man, was admitted to the hospital Aug. 19, 1950, because of severe abdominal cramping. His health prior to the present illness had been good except for hay fever and asthma during the ragweed and grass seasons for several years. There had been no previous gastrointestinal symptoms. The illness had begun two weeks before with loss of appetite the day he began painting the outside of his house. During the ensuing week, while continuing the work, he suffered from intermittent epigastric cramping, nausea, vomiting, and constipation. Bed rest and the usual home medications did not relieve the discomfort, and the cramping became so severe that he decided

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