MORRIS M. JOSELOW, PH.D.
In the wake of the mercury scares of 1970-1971 that were triggered by the revelation of pervasive contamination of our food supply, particularly tuna fish, an intensive search began for all possible sources of environmental contamination by mercury.
House paints that incorporate organic mercury compounds as fungicides and mildewcides were logical culprits for such sources of contamination. Inadvertently, modern paint technology might have created a new domestic hazard, analogous to the older health problem brought on by the use of lead-based paints. In the case of mercury, however, volatility and emission from painted surfaces would make inhalation of contaminated indoor
JOSELOW MM. Indoor Air Pollution by Mercury. Ann Intern Med. ;78:449–450. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-78-3-449
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1973;78(3):449-450.
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