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Chronic inorganic mercury poisoning treated with N-acetyl-D-penicillamine
  1. R. F. Gledhill,
  2. A. P. Hopkins1
  1. aThe National Hospital for Nervous Diseases, Queen Square, London


    Gledhill, R. F., and Hopkins, A. P. (1972).Brit. J. industr. Med.,29, 225-228. Chronic inorganic mercury poisoning treated with N-acetyl-D-pencillamine. The case history is presented of a man intoxicated by mercury during his employment as a filler of thermometers. The mean daily urinary excretion of mercury was 661 μg for five estimations before treatment. The mean excretion was 875 μg for the first 10 days after beginning N-acetyl-D-penicillamine, 600 mg/day. This difference is not significant (P <0·1). The literature of the treatment of mercury poisoning is briefly reviewed.

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    • 1 Present address - for reprints: A.P.H., Department of Neurology, St. Bartholomew's Hospital, London E.C.1