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September 12, 1925


Author Affiliations

Chief Medical Examiner, City of New York; Toxicologist, Chief Medical Examiner's Office, City of New York; Pathologic Chemist, Bellevue and Allied Hospitals; Associate Professor of Chemistry, University and Bellevue Hospital Medical College NEW YORK
From the pathologic laboratories of Bellevue and Allied Hospitals and the toxicologic laboratory of the Chief Medical Examiner, City of New York.

JAMA. 1925;85(11):818-820. doi:10.1001/jama.1925.02670110032009

Our purpose is to present in brief form the postmortem protocols, the microscopic reports and the chemical analyses of four cases of an occupational disease acquired during the manufacture of so-called tera-ethyl lead. It is not our intention to discuss the dangers involved in the manufacture of tetra-ethyl lead or the dangers of the liquid used as an antiknock agent, the ethyl gasoline. We have made no experiments concerning the toxicity of the substance itself or of the ethyl gasoline.

A paper dealing with the clinical histories of the four cases presented here is in preparation by Dr. Gilman Thompson and his associates in the Reconstruction Hospital of New York; we are indebted to them for the privilege of studying the clinical histories.


Case 1.  —A white man, aged 31, was admitted to the Reconstruction Hospital, Oct. 25, 1924, with the symptoms of visual and auditory hallucinations and