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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.

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Lead Pipe, Its Danger: A Rejoinder to the Reply of Prof. Horsford to the Argument in the Appendix to Tanquerel, Samuel Luther Dana, 1848

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In his response to scientist Eben Horsford’s claim that lead water pipes were safe, chemist Samuel Luther Dana defended his findings that lead pipes were dangerous. Dana argued Horsford’s experiments were of poor quality and shared his frustrations with the continued use of lead pipes for water supply.