lead poisoning love


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Acute or chronic poisoning by lead or any of its salts, with the acute form causing severe gastroenteritis and encephalopathy and the chronic form causing anemia and damage to the gastrointestinal tract and nervous system.

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  • noun A chronic intoxication that is produced by the absorption of lead into the body and is characterized by severe colicky pains, a dark line along the gums, and local muscular paralysis.

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  • noun toxic condition produced by the absorption of excessive lead into the system


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  • e.g. in battery workers:

    ... from her study of the industry in 1914 Hamilton estimated that almost 18 per cent of American battery workers had lead poisoning. This compared with a rate of three per cent in the British battery industry and one per cent in Germany's largest battery plant.

    The most dangerous jobs were mixing and pasting the lead oxides, which were often applied to the lead plates by hand. Hamilton described the process where mixing was carried out at one end of the pasting room:

    There is no exhaust over scales or mixer and the litharge or red lead is simply scooped up from the kegs and dropped into the scales, which are then emptied into the mixer. At the time this place was visited a workman was engaged in mixing oxides, and clouds of yellow dust were perceptible.

    Mixers and pasters were usually paid piece rates, ensuring a rapid work pace. That, along with shifts of nine or ten hours, guaranteed prolonged exposure to lead dust and fumes.

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    July 9, 2008

  • That's terrible. Did the battery workers bring charges?

    July 9, 2008

  • Ha!

    July 9, 2008