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Tetrachloroethane—A Survey
  1. R. Lobo-Mendonça*
  1. Department of Medical Inspector of Factories, Government of Maharashtra, Bombay


    The use of tetrachloroethane as a solvent for cellulose acetate in the manufacture of bangles in small factories in India is described. The conditions under which exposure occurs are depicted. In a survey of 380 workers no cases of serious poisoning with jaundice were encountered, but there was a high incidence of nervous complaints, and the predominant symptom was tremor.

    The control and prevention of excessive exposure are discussed.

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    • * Retired from Service, March 1960. Present address: Brito Mansion, Mahim, Bombay 16.

    • Formerly known as Government of Bombay.