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November 11, 1933


Author Affiliations

San Francisco
Director of Public Health

JAMA. 1933;101(20):1580. doi:10.1001/jama.1933.02740450054028

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To the Editor:  —Spray residue poisoning, in man, occurs with some frequency. A recent instance in San Francisco is worthy of note:Mrs. M., a housewife, served a meal consisting of string beans, summer squash, boiled rice, dried cooked peaches, and, to one individual only, broiled steak. Seven people, including three children of 10, 6 and 2 years, and four adults were served. Mrs. M. was the only one affected, but also she was the one of the group who ate an additional portion of the string beans, an incident occurring about one hour after the meal. Physical signs and symptoms complained of included nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, headache, abdominal pain, and "dark spots before the eyes." The disturbance endured through three days for forty-eight hours.Samples of the beans were obtained from the market and were prepared in the same aluminum vessel as before, and chemical studies revealed lead to

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