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Lead poisoning as possible cause of deaths at the Swedish House at Kapp Thordsen, Spitsbergen, winter 1872-3
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2009 (English)In: BMJ. British Medical Journal (International Ed.), ISSN 0959-8146, E-ISSN 0959-535X, Vol. 339Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Objective To investigate cause of death in 17 sealers who died in the Swedish house in Kapp Thordsen, Spitsbergen, during the winter of 1872-3. Design Analysis of skeletal samples from one sealer's grave. Setting Field trip to Spitsbergen to exhume skeletal remains. Subjects One of 17 sailors who died in 1872-3. Results No objective signs of scurvy were found. The concentration of lead in the bone samples was 102.05 mu g/g. Conclusions The high concentrations of lead indicate that this man died from lead poisoning, probably from food tins. The absence of macroscopic signs of scurvy supports this theory.

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2009. Vol. 339
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SWEDARCTIC
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URN: urn:nbn:se:polar:diva-8DOI: b503810.1136/bmj.b5038ISI: 000272453700002OAI: oai:DiVA.org:polar-8DiVA: diva2:568138
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Source: Polardok by Swedish Polar Research Secretariat

Aasebo, Ulf Kjaer, Kjell G.

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