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Author English, Peter C.

Title Old paint : a medical history of childhood lead-paint poisoning in the United States to 1980 / Peter C. English.

Published New Brunswick, NJ : Rutgers University Press, 2001.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM BioMed ST  363.73840973 ENGL    AVAILABLE
Physical description xv, 254 pages ; 24 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Part I Lead Poisoning before 1920 -- Chapter 1 Children and Lead before 1920 7 -- Chapter 2 Queensland Epidemic 14 -- Chapter 3 Scientific Study of the American Workplace 29 -- Chapter 4 Lead Hazards, Lead Safety, and Alice Hamilton 43 -- Part II Gnawing Toddlers -- Chapter 5 Children and the Lead Industries Association, 1925-1935 61 -- Chapter 6 Baltimore, Boston, and Robert Kehoe, 1930-1940 74 -- Part III Peeling and Flaking Paint -- Chapter 7 A 1950s Transformation 91 -- Chapter 8 Urban Ecology 99 -- Chapter 9 New Therapies 114 -- Part IV Industry and Public Health Responses -- Chapter 10 One Percent Lead Content for Paint 123 -- Chapter 11 Urban Lead Programs of the 1950s and 1960s 130 -- Chapter 12 Children and Lead, 1960-1965 143 -- Part V New Ecology -- Chapter 13 A "Submerged" National Epidemic 151 -- Chapter 14 Air Pollution and an Epidemic Redefined 163 -- Chapter 15 Dust, Dirt, and Mouthing in 1980 173.
Summary Old Paint documents the history of lead-paint poisoning in the United States and the evolving responses of public health officials and the lead-paint industry to this hazard up to 1980, by which time lead had been banned in gasoline and paint. Peter C. English traces lead poisoning from a rare, but acute problem confined to a small group of children to the discovery by the end of the 1940s of the dangers of the crumbling lead-painted interiors of inner-city dwellings. He draws on a wide range of primary materials not only to illuminate our understanding of how this health hazard changed over time, but also to explore how diseases are constructed and evolve.
Subject Lead poisoning in children -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Lead based paint -- Toxicology -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Accidental poisoning in children -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
ISBN 0813529875 (alk. paper)