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Lead Poisoning in Rural Scotland

Br Med J 1972; 2 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.2.5812.488 (Published 27 May 1972) Cite this as: Br Med J 1972;2:488
  1. A. D. Beattie,
  2. J. H. Dagg,
  3. A. Goldberg,
  4. I. Wang,
  5. J. Ronald

    Abstract

    Nine people from four families living in rural parts of Scotland have been found to suffer from clinical or biochemical effects of lead poisoning. Five had symptoms and four had unequivocal evidence of excessive lead exposure. The source of lead has been traced to the domestic water supply which in all cases was grossly contaminated with lead acquired from lead plumbing systems, including lead storage tanks. Clinical improvement followed the replacement of lead piping in two families studied. Lead poisoning is a possible cause of chronic ill health in areas of plumbosolvent water.