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Lead Poisoning from Glazes

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College of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey at Newark, Newark, N.J.

Ann Intern Med. 1972;76(4):665. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-76-4-665_1
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In recent years sporadic cases of poisoning involving lead leached from glazes have been reported (1, 2). In 1970 two children in Montreal were poisoned, one of them fatally, by drinking apple juice stored in a handcrafted earthenware jug (3). The previous year all five members of a physician's family were seriously poisoned by lead from Mexican pottery (4). Affected children and adults have had symptoms with a puzzling lack of specificity, including anorexia, abdominal pains, change in bowel habits, fatigue, headache, and convulsions. In retrospect, all these complaints are quite characteristic of the disease.

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