BRYAN T. EMMERSON, M.D., F.R.A.C.P.
Interest in the deleterious effects of lead has shifted recently from the industrial field to that of potential hazards to the community at large. Lead is ubiquitous, and even primitive races have small quantities in their tissues. Persons living in modern communities in the United States ingest a large amount of lead, thought to amount to about 0.3 mg/day (1), due to the slight contamination of many foodstuffs. Only a small portion of ingested lead, probably about 10%, is absorbed from the alimentary tract, however, and the body can usually cope with this amount by excreting an equal amount in
EMMERSON BT. Atmospheric Contamination with Lead. Ann Intern Med. ;68:488–490. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-68-2-488
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1968;68(2):488-490.
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