Current Use of Ambient and Biological Monitoring: Reference Workplace Hazards. Inorganic Toxic Agents — Cadmium II

  • H. M. Perry
  • E. F. Perry


Cadmium is apparently accumulated, primarily in the kidney and the liver, by all human beings by the time that they reach adulthood but environmental cadmium is generally considered to have no deleterious effects. In contrast workers with industrial exposure to cadmium have long been known to develop characteristic toxic manifestations; however, there is a suggestion that cardiovascular toxicity can arise from environmental exposure. The possibility that low levels of environmental cadmium might ultimately be responsible for some or all of essential hypertension focuses attention on the present maximum tolerable limits of cadmium exposure. A major decrease (which at present does not seem to be warranted) would extend the target population from a relatively few workers in the factory to the entire population in their normal environment.


Cadmium Concentration Body Burden Cadmium Exposure Cadmium Content Cadmium Intake 
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  • E. F. Perry
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