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November 1943

LATE EFFECTS OF LEAD POISONING ON MENTAL DEVELOPMENT

Author Affiliations

BOSTON
Mrs. Penfield Roberts gave valuable assistance in summarizing Dr. Lord's notes on some of the psychologic examinations.; Dr. Lord's work on this paper was done under a grant by the Earhart Foundation, and Dr. Byers' work, under a grant by the Commonwealth Fund.

Am J Dis Child. 1943;66(5):471-494. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1943.02010230003001
Abstract

FOREWORD  The sudden tragic death of Dr. Lord on Jan. 10, 1943 occurred before the completion of the final draft of this paper. It was she who first felt that the minor deviations found on psychologic examination of these children with lead poisoning might be of important significance for the future. It was she who maintained the file of cases, studying them from the psychologic point of view, without encouragement from any one for the first several years.That lead poisoning occurring in early life usually has a disastrous effect on mental development has not been generally recognized, though the subject of lead poisoning in children has been discussed by many observers. The manifestations of acute involvement of the nervous system have been adequately described, and the gross destructive lesions in the brain consequent to acute lead encephalopathy accompanied by cerebral edema and high intracranial pressure have been recognized. On

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