Five cases of fatal lead poisoning occurred between 1884-6 among the employés of a certain white lead factory in the East of London. The cases presented the following common characters. They were all adult women, aged from 18 to 33. They had all worked at the factory for short periods from three to twelve months. They all exhibited mild symptoms of plumbism, such as a blue line round the gums and more or less ill-defined indisposition; paralyses were absent. They were all in their usual state of health within a few days or hours preceding death. Death was unexpected—mostly sudden. In four cases it was preceded by epileptic fits and coma, but in the fifth case no convulsions were noted, although they may have occurred during the night.
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