The Effect of Organic Mercury on Intrauterine Life

  • Ujihiro Murakami
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 27)


The Minamata disease originates from the consumption of great amounts of fish and shellfish caught in the Minamata Bay, the Kumamoto Prefecture of Kyushu, Japan (Figure 1). The water system of the Minamata Bay has been polluted by methyl mercuric sulfide (CH3HgSCH3) and methyl mercuric chloride (CH3HgCl) through waste water discharged into the Minamata River by a vinylchloride and acetaldehyde plant (Figure 2).


Cerebral Palsy Granular Layer Cleft Palate Organic Mercury Intrauterine Life 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ujihiro Murakami
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  1. 1.Division of Pathology and Embryology Research Institute of Environmental MedicineNagoya UniversityFuro-cho,Chikusa-ku,NagoyaJapan

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