Still waters

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: (Published 05 August 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:395
  1. Bernard Dixon

    The small Cornish town of Camelford is the reputed site of Camelot in Arthurian legend. But what of Camelford's other claim to fame—as the location of the water pollution incident on 6 July 1988, when a driver accidentally dumped 20 tonnes of aluminium sulphate into a reservoir at the local purification plant? As with many incidents that hit the headlines and then disappear, we are left today with a mixture of incomplete and contradictory memories: the aluminium sulphate made lots of people seriously ill; but mass hysteria was largely responsible for the furore.

    A reassessment published in the Journal of Psychosomatic Research (1995;39:1-9) helps to sort out fact from fiction. Anthony David and Simon Wessely …

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