Organophosphates do cause long term damage

BMJ 1997; 315 doi: (Published 01 November 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;315:1111
  1. Clare Dyer, legal correspondent
  1. BMJ

    A High Court judge has made the first finding in a British court that exposure to organophosphates causes long term damage.

    Mrs Justice Smith found that a Peterborough farm worker, John Hill, had experienced persistent neuropsychological and neurobehavioural effects from two exposures to the insecticide Actellic-D, whose active constituent is pirimiphos-methyl.

    The judge also accepted the view of Peter Behan, professor of neurology at Glasgow University, that the exposures had caused Mr Hill to develop a condition similar to the chronic fatigue syndrome. But she dismissed claims by another of Mr Hill's experts, Goran Jamal, also of Glasgow University, that organophosphates cause long term peripheral neuropathy and abnormalities of the autonomic system. …

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