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September 1952

LEAD POISONING: Observations in Fourteen Cases

AMA Am J Dis Child. 1952;84(3):316-321. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1952.02050030042003

THEtoxication in order to stimulate interest in this disease so that cases may be found and treatment instituted early, before irreversible sequelae occur.

Lead poisoning in children is relatively common. The rarity of the diagnosis at any particular institution may mean merely that one is inclined to forget that such an entity exists. In recent years fairly large series of cases have been reported from various hospitals throughout the country. Ennis1 reported 47 cases from Baltimore in 1950. Eighty-nine cases of lead poisoning were observed in infants' and children's hospitals in Boston during the years 1924 through 1933 (McKhann and Vogt).2 Rapoport3 reported 30 cases from the Children's Hospital, Philadelphia, in 1941.

Twelve of the 14 patients were admitted between June, 1951, and September, 1951, with 1 admitted in February, 1951, and 1 in December, 1951. Of 12 cases of lead encephalopathy, 10 occurred between the months

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