Severe lead contamination among children of samurai families in Edo period Japan

@article{Nakashima2011SevereLC,
  title={Severe lead contamination among children of samurai families in Edo period Japan},
  author={T. Nakashima and K. Matsuno and Masami Matsushita and T. Matsushita},
  journal={Journal of Archaeological Science},
  year={2011},
  volume={38},
  pages={23-28}
}
Abstract This paper presents evidence for severe lead contamination among children of samurai families living in a castle town in Edo period Japan (1603–1867). Excavated rib bones were analyzed by atomic absorption, and soft X-ray roentgenograms of long bones were taken. The median values of lead concentration in the bones of children 3 years of age and under(1241.0 μg Pb/g dry bone) and 4–6 years of age (462.5 μg Pb/g dry bone) were significantly higher than those of adult males (14.3 μg Pb/g… Expand
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