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July 23, 1932


JAMA. 1932;99(4):319. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02740560045019

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The Toxicity of Combustion Products of Motor Fuels  Too little is known among physicians concerning the toxicity of motor fuels and their combustion products. Dr. Liesegang, member of the Prussian Landesanstalt für Wasser-, Boden- und Lufthygiene in Berlin-Dahlem, has reported on the subject, on the basis of his research. He has already contributed to the knowledge of the carbon monoxide content of exhaust gases (1928). On the basis of his observations, rules for the prevention of accidents were published, and the information and the warnings contained therein have reduced considerably, in recent years, the number of poisonings resulting from exhaust gases. The question as to whether, aside from carbon monoxide poisonings in garages, also chronic toxic effects may be produced by components of exhaust gases—for example, in the circulatory system or in the lungs—cannot be answered with certainty as yet. It will doubtless be difficult to furnish proofs of either

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