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Explore research on industrial lead exposure, childhood lead poisoning, and the health impacts of lead water pipes, as well as related public health guidance through items in the NLM Digital Collections.

A portrait of a white woman

Alice Hamilton, ca. 1900s

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Throughout the first half of the 20th century, Alice Hamilton—physician and pioneer of industrial worker safety—published investigative reports about the dangers of lead poisoning faced by workers in several industries.