Cover image for Getting the lead out : the complete resource for preventing and coping with lead poisoning
Getting the lead out : the complete resource for preventing and coping with lead poisoning
Kessel, Irene.
Personal Author:
Revised edition.
Publication Information:
Cambridge, Mass. : Perseus Pub., 2001.
Physical Description:
xv, 283 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Format :


Call Number
Material Type
Home Location
Item Holds
RA1231.L4 K47 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

On Order



Lead poisoning is one of the most common and preventable pediatric health problems in the United States. The prohibition of lead in paint in 1978, followed by the phasing out of lead in gasoline, have done a great deal to lower the average level of lead in children's blood in the last twenty-five years, but the threat to public health of this insidious poison is far from being eradicated. Every child is at risk.Getting the Lead Out explains the nature and sources of lead poisoning and discusses the basic measures for minimizing the associated risks and damage. It also explains the physical and emotional effects of lead poisoning, including problems with language-acquisition and other learning disabilities, reduced IQ, renal failure, and antisocial and violent behavior. This book gives readers the information they will need to identify symptoms of poisoning in their children as well as lists of resources addressing each special need that may emerge due to exposure. It also includes guidelines for community organizing around the issue and instructions for suing for personal injury.

Author Notes

Irene Kessel is an attorney who has worked in the fields of consumer protection and environmental law and has written widely on environmental policy issues. She lives in Natick, Massachusetts with her two children
John T. O'Connor is the founder of the National Toxics Campaign, president of Greenworks, Inc., executive director of the Center for Health Care, a state wide coalition to win universal health care in Massachusetts. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
Part 1 Understanding Lead Poisoning
1. Lead Poisoning: A Backgroundp. 7
2. The Sources of Lead Poisoningp. 16
Part 2 Preventing Lead Poisoning
3. Basic Preventionp. 27
4. Diagnosing Lead Poisoningp. 33
Part 3 Treating Lead Poisoning
5. Environmental Investigation and Interventionp. 45
6. Nutrition and Lead Poisoningp. 56
7. Medical Evaluation and Treatmentp. 62
Part 4 Coping With Lead Poisoning
8. Getting Appropriate Educational Servicesp. 75
9. The Psychosocial Impacts of Lead Poisoningp. 82
Part 5 Controlling Lead Paint Hazards
10. Lead in Paint and Dustp. 95
11. Identifying Lead Paint Hazardsp. 103
12. Preparing for Lead Paint Hazard Controlp. 113
13. Lead Paint Hazard Control Measuresp. 126
Part 6 Controlling Other Sources of Lead
14. Lead in Soilp. 143
15. Lead in Foodp. 150
16. Lead in Drinking Waterp. 157
Part 7 Fighting Lead Poisoning
17. Suing for Personal Injuryp. 173
18. Community Organizingp. 184
19. Public Policyp. 198
Endnotesp. 207
Appendix A State Lead Poisoning Programs and Regional EPA Contactsp. 223
Appendix B Subject-by-Subject Resource Listp. 230
Appendix C Occupations and Hobbies with Risk of Lead Exposurep. 239
Appendix D Nutritional Values of Common Foodsp. 241
Appendix E Medical Follow-upp. 246
Appendix F Summary of Abatement Methodsp. 248
Appendix G Lead Hazard Control Productsp. 254
Appendix H Federal Laws that Address Lead Poisoningp. 263
Appendix I Summary of Steps You Can Take to Prevent Lead Poisoningp. 270
Indexp. 273