Occupational Exposure to Heavy Metals Poisoning: Scottish Lead Mining


Mills C & Adderley WP (2017) Occupational Exposure to Heavy Metals Poisoning: Scottish Lead Mining. Social History of Medicine, 30 (3), pp. 520-543.

The study examines historic occupational lead poisoning (occupational plumbism) amongst the mining labour force at Tyndrum lead mine in the Scottish southern highlands in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries set against the backdrop of the wider national context. Traditional archival research is combined with environmental science to both identify incidence of poisoning and the historic health risk factors that were specific to the industry, particularly at the surface of the mine. Emphasis is placed upon employment practices, technology and wider social conditions such as diet and alcohol and the toxicity of the different compounds of lead (mineralogy) that the workers were exposed too.

lead poisoning; Scottish metal mining; social conditions; environment; interdisciplinary approaches

Social History of Medicine: Volume 30, Issue 3

FundersThe Carnegie Trust
Publication date31/08/2017
Publication date online09/09/2016
Date accepted by journal16/07/2016
PublisherOxford University Press