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Document ID (ISN)50598
CIS number 88-1990
ISSN - Serial title 0007-1072 - British Journal of Industrial Medicine
Year 1987
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Harper M.
Title Possible toxic metal exposure of prehistoric bronze workers
Bibliographic information Oct. 1987, Vol.44, No.10, p.652-656. Illus. 10 ref.
Abstract An attempt was made to assess the possible occupational exposure to arsenic, lead, and mercury during the Bronze Age. Archaeological, metallurgical, and historical evidence is combined to form a picture of the potential toxic hazards. In the case of arsenic, a definite picture emerges of the effect of toxicity as a useful material is abandoned for health reasons on discovery of an acceptable alternative.
Descriptors (primary) occupational diseases; copper; arsenic; history; lead oxide; metals; mercury sulfide; lead
Descriptors (secondary) toxic effects; dangerous substances; renal diseases; skin cancer; skin diseases; chronic poisoning; diseases of peripheral nervous system; exposure evaluation; long-term exposure; health hazards; toxic substances
Document type D - Periodical articles
Subject(s) Metal production and metalworking
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Inorganic substances
Arsenic and compounds
Inorganic sulfur compounds
Lead and compounds
Copper and compounds