A tale of two countries: Childhood lead poisoning, industrialization, and abatement in New England

Title: A tale of two countries: Childhood lead poisoning, industrialization, and abatement in New England

Author: Bailey, Adrian J.; Sargent, James D. and Blake, Megan K.

Publication: Economic Geography, Vol. 74

Date: 1998

Description: Childhood lead poisoning continues to be a significant public health concern in New England. This study investigates the spatial variation in childhood lead exposure within two industrial counties, Worcester County, Massachusetts and Providence County, Rhode Island. The analysis focuses on differences in industrialization, demographics and public health interventions.  The findings revealed that lead exposure is complexly linked to patterns of urbanization, industrial heritage and demography and that a history of abatement can reduce lead exposure. This complexity is apparent in the relationship between race/ethnicity/nativity and lead exposure between the two counties. As one of their conclusions, the authors call for more research to better understand this relationship.

Keywords: childhood lead poisoning, industrial history, abatement, medical geography

Cataloged by: Selina Sikder / B. J. Perkins

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