Heavy Metals—Toxicity and Environmental Pollution

  • Jack Schubert
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 40)


The screaming Japanese cats of Minamata, the dying birds of Sweden, and the staggering pigs of New Mexico should have taught mankind a fundamental fact of environmental biology. Unfortunately, the lesson to be constantly relearned from those mercury-poisoned animals is that all organisms—from man with 1013 cells to the mindless single cell—are programmed by the same basic substance, deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA). With such a shared relationship, it would be expected that the response of all organisms to chemicals would qualitatively be the same. Yet, it is curious that to this very day, a lethal or debilitating action of a chemical to animals which may not have been manifested or observed in man, is often disregarded or jocularly dismissed—usually by those who have an economic interest in continuing the use of the chemical in question.


Heavy Metal Lead Level Blood Lead Level Lead Poisoning Inorganic Mercury 
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  • Jack Schubert
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  1. 1.Department of Radiation Health, Graduate School of Public HealthUniversity of PittsburghPittsburghUSA

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