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March 6, 1915

LEAD POISONING FROM THE USE OF COSMETICS: TWO CASES OF THE NEUROMUSCULAR TYPE

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KANSAS CITY, MO.

JAMA. 1915;LXIV(10):814-815. doi:10.1001/jama.1915.02570360030013

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Abstract

Many monographs have been written concerning industrial lead poisoning. It is quite generally understood that file making and jewel polishing, the making of cheap kitchen ware and the polishing of cut glass, are notoriously dangerous trades in Europe. In the United States, workers who rub with sandpaper the newly painted bodies of railway coaches, carriages and automobiles, the laborers in white lead factories and the makers of storage batteries or electrical accumulators, because of non-protection, are in more danger of lead poisoning than are those who work at the same trades in Europe.

It is my desire to call attention to a form of lead poisoning other than industrial, which I believe to be quite common, and which in my opinion impairs the health and lessens the efficiency of a not inconsiderable number of our female population.

There are three channels by which lead may enter the body: the skin,

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