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Journal Article

Lead Analysis of House Dust: A Method for the Detection of Another Source of Lead Exposure in Inner City Children

Jaroslav J. Vostal, Ellen Taves, James W. Sayre and Evan Charney
Environmental Health Perspectives
Vol. 7, Low Level Lead Toxicity and the Environmental Impact of Cadmium (May, 1974), pp. 91-97
DOI: 10.2307/3428000
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3428000
Page Count: 7
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Lead Analysis of House Dust: A Method for the Detection of Another Source of Lead Exposure in Inner City Children
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Abstract

A method has been developed to test the hypothesis that lead-containing house dust is responsible for the elevated levels of lead in blood of inner city children. Dust analyses of smears from the floors, walls, and windowsills in low-income inner city dwellings have shown a median concentration of lead five times as high in suburban homes. It is suggested that lead-containing dust may be one of the most important environmental sources of increased lead exposure in this specific population group.

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