A re-analysis of the supposed role of lead poisoning in Sir John Franklin's last expedition, 1845–1848

@article{Millar2014ARO,
  title={A re-analysis of the supposed role of lead poisoning in Sir John Franklin's last expedition, 1845–1848},
  author={Keith Millar and Adrian W. Bowman and William John Battersby},
  journal={Polar Record},
  year={2014},
  volume={51},
  pages={224 - 238}
}
ABSTRACT The ‘Franklin expedition’ of 1845 set out to establish a ‘northwest passage’ between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans but ended with the deaths of all 129 crewmen in the grimmest of circumstances. The hypothesis that lead poisoning may have contributed to the disaster is examined by re-analysis of the bone-lead content of seven skeletons in order to model statistically the likely variation in lead burden across the whole crew. Comparison of the estimated lead burdens with present-day… 

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