Lead Poisoning in the World and Iran

MH Azizi, F Azizi

Abstract


Lead is a relatively ubiquitous heavy metal with particular features such as resistance to corrosion, high malleability and wide variety of industrial applications. In medicine, however, it is considered as a slow-acting toxic substance affecting multiple body systems, specifically functioning as a potent neurotoxin in the central nervous system. Lead poisoning may be acute or chronic and can be due to occupational or environmental exposures. The history of lead poisoning dates back to ancient times. The present paper briefly describes the worldwide historical accounts of lead poisoning with a special focus on Iran.

Keywords


Lead poisoning; History of medicine; Iran

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doi: 10.15171/ijoem.2010.28


 pISSN: 2008-6520
 eISSN: 2008-6814

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