THOMAS H. LEWIS, M.D.
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Hexaethyltetraphosphate (HETP) is one of several organic phosphate insecticides which have been finding wide agricultural use since their development by the Germans during World War II. HETP is a heavy, yellow, syrupy liquid, miscible with water and readily absorbed in dangerous amounts through the skin, the gastrointestinal tract and the pulmonary system. It consists of a mixture of phosphoric acid esters, the principal insecticidal fraction being 15 to 20 per cent tetraethylpyrophosphate (TEPP).1 HETP is manufactured under a variety of brand names and is used in water solutions as a spray. The related compounds, TEPP (a similar ester mixture containing
LEWIS TH. THE TOXIC EFFECTS OF HEXAETHYLTETRAPHOSPHATE IN MAN: A CASE REPORT1. Ann Intern Med. ;37:384–388. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-37-2-384
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1952;37(2):384-388.
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