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The history of leaded gasoline is nuts
It is frankly shocking that this was ignored for so long!

"The history of leaded gasoline is nuts. Scientists warned it was poison, the factory where it was made was making workers loopy, but GM/Standard Oil enlisted the surgeon general to convince everyone it was safe and rejected alternatives. Massive public harm resulted."

"A Yale physiologist named Yandell Henderson had tested tetraethyl lead as a potential nerve agent during WWI, and when asked his thoughts on putting it into gasoline, he reacted with alarm. 'Widespread lead poisoning was almost certain to result.' Later he deemed it the 'single greatest question in the field of public health that has ever faced the American public.'"
gasoline  petrol  lead  health  poisoning  healthcare  yandell-henderson 
4 weeks ago by jm

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