Ethyl-leaded Gasoline: How a Classic Occupational Disease Became an International Public Health Disaster

  title={Ethyl-leaded Gasoline: How a Classic Occupational Disease Became an International Public Health Disaster},
  author={William Kovarik},
  journal={International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health},
  pages={384 - 397}
  • W. Kovarik
  • Published 1 October 2005
  • Medicine
  • International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health
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