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April 29, 1911


Author Affiliations

Medical Investigator for the Illinois Commission on Occupational Diseases CHICAGO

JAMA. 1911;LVI(17):1240-1244. doi:10.1001/jama.1911.02560170004003

INTRODUCTION  Lead-poisoning in the United States is almost an unknown subject. Go through the literature and you will find here and there the report of an unusual case, an occasional compilation in a text-book, the material for which has had to be drawn from foreign sources; no experimental work, little study of the newer methods of diagnosis and no effort to gather statistical material or to bring the disease under the control of sanitarians.When we began the study of the lead trades of Illinois we were assured that conditions here were very different from conditions in Europe; that lead-poisoning was a rarity, owing to our superior methods in industry. We found the reverse to be true. There is far more lead-poisoning in Illinois than in the same trades in England and Germany; at least in all those trades in which it has been possible to obtain anything like accurate