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Mercury: Not Just a Fish Story

Moore Colleen F.

in Silent Scourge

Published in print May 2003 | ISBN: 9780195153910
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199846986 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195153910.003.0003
Mercury: Not Just a Fish Story

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This chapter discusses the history of mercury pollution and reviews research about the negative impacts which small amounts of mercury can have on people, especially children who are exposed prenatally. It explains the toxic effects and symptoms of the so-called Mad Hatter's syndrome or mercury poisoning and discusses the result of studies of the exposure of fish to methylmercury. This chapter provides tips for reducing exposure to mercury and for preventing further dispersal of mercury in the environment.

Keywords: mercury pollution; children; toxic effects; mercury poisoning; methylmercury exposure

Chapter.  12862 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Psychology

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