JAMES C. CRUTCHER, M.D.
Lead-contaminated whiskey produced in homemade stills with condensers fashioned from lead pipes and automobile radiators containing lead solder was the source of 32 episodes of lead intoxication in 27 adult male patients.1 The purpose of this report is to describe the severe clinical manifestations, including encephalopathy, and the effective mobilization of large amounts of lead with the therapeutic use of calcium disodium ethylenediamine tetraacetic acid (Ca EDTA).
All of the patients were males hospitalized at the Veterans Administration Hospital, Atlanta, Georgia. All patients were seen in the Admission Clinic and were considered sufficiently ill to warrant immediate hospitalization, except
CRUTCHER JC. Clinical Manifestations and Therapy of Acute Lead Intoxication Due to the Ingestion of Illicitly Distilled Alcohol. Ann Intern Med. ;59:707–715. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-59-5-707
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1963;59(5_Part_1):707-715.
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