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Identification of the Probable Source of the Lead Poisoning Observed in Members of the Franklin Expedition

@inproceedings{Battersby2008IdentificationOT,
  title={Identification of the Probable Source of the Lead Poisoning Observed in Members of the Franklin Expedition},
  author={William John Battersby},
  year={2008}
}
Since 1982, signs of a high exposure to lead have been identified in the human remains of members of John Franklin’ s expedition to the Arctic, 1845–8. Tinned food has been suggested as the source of this lead. This paper provides evidence that the primary source of this lead was not tinned food, which was in widespread use in the Royal Navy at the time, but the unique water system fitted to the expedition’ s ships. 
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