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Brush With Death : A Social History of Lead Poisoning

Brush With Death : A Social History of Lead Poisoning - 00 edition

ISBN13: 978-0801868207

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Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Published: 2000
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Brush With Death : A Social History of Lead Poisoning - 00 edition

ISBN13: 978-0801868207

Christian Warren

ISBN13: 978-0801868207
ISBN10: 0801868203
Cover type:
Edition/Copyright: 00
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press

Published: 2000
International: No
Summary

During the twentieth century, lead poisoning killed thousands of workers and children in the United States. Thousands who survived lead poisoning were left physically crippled or were robbed of mental faculties and years of life. In Brush with Death, social historian Christian Warren offers the first comprehensive history of lead poisoning in the United States. Focusing on lead paint and leaded gasoline, Warren distinguishes three primary modes of exposure--occupational, pediatric, and environmental. This threefold perspective permits a nuanced exploration of the regulatory mechanisms, medical technologies, and epidemiological tools that arose in response to lead poisoning.

Today, many children undergo aggressive "deleading" treatments when their blood-lead levels are well below the average blood-lead levels found in urban children in the 1950s. Warren links the repeated redefinition of lead poisoning to changing attitudes toward health, safety, and risk. The same changes that transformed the social construction of lead poisoning also transformed medicine and health care, giving rise to modern environmentalism and fundamentally altered jurisprudence.

Author Bio

Warren, Christian : University of Georgia

Christian Warren is Franklin Fellow at the University of Georgia, Athens.

Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables
Acknowledgments
Introduction - What's Lead in the Bone...
Chapter 1: Plumbing the Depths
Chapter 2: Childhood Lead Poisoning before 1930
Chapter 3: Toxic Purity: How the United States Became a Nation of White-Leaders
Chapter 4: Occupational Lead Poisoning in the Progressive Era
Chapter 5: Protecting Workers and Profits in the Lead Industries
Chapter 6: Company Doctors on the Job
Chapter 7: Introducing Leaded Gasoline
Chapter 8: Defining Childhood Lead Poisoning as a Disease of Poverty
Chapter 9: Urban Physicians Discover the Silent Epidemic
Chapter 10: The Screaming Epidemic
Chapter 11: Facing the Consequences of Leaded Gasoline
Chapter 12: The Rise and Fall of Universal Childhood Lead Screening
Chapter 13: Regulating "Low-Level" Lead Poisoning
Appendix - Reports on Lead Poisoning Notes
Index

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