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December 25, 1915

THE EFFECT ON THE OFFSPRING OF LEAD POISONING IN THE FATHER

JAMA. 1915;LXV(26):2242-2243. doi:10.1001/jama.1915.02580260036019
Abstract

In articles on industrial lead poisoning, it is usual to find the statement that this form of intoxication results in fetal death and in death of offspring soon after birth, not only when the mother is the victim of the poisoning, but also when the mother is normal but the father "leaded." As far as maternal lead poisoning is concerned, there seems to be abundant evidence that women who work in lead are far more likely to abort than are women in ordinary factory work. Legge1 abstracted from the reports of British factory inspectors for the year 1897 the following statistics concerning women lead workers: Of 77 married women, 15 were sterile; among the 62 who became pregnant, 15 never bore a living child. The stillbirths numbered 21, the miscarriages 90; 101 living children were born but 40 of them died, leaving 61 living children as the result of

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