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Mental Capability of Children Exposed to Lead Pollution

J. R. Hebel, Denise Kinch and Eileen Armstrong
British Journal of Preventive and Social Medicine
Vol. 30, No. 3 (Sep., 1976), pp. 170-174
Published by: BMJ
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/25565907
Page Count: 5
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Abstract

'Eleven-plus' school examination scores were obtained for 851 Birmingham children residing since birth in a lead-polluted area and 1642 children residing in two similar but unpolluted areas. It was found that the children in the lead-polluted area actually scored higher on the average than children in the control areas. Within the area of lead contamination, children living closest to the source of pollution did not have significantly lower scores than children living further away. The results indicate that lead pollution of the magnitude reported in this investigation did not have a demonstrable effect on the mental capabilities of children in the affected community.

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