Lead Poisoning In Rome

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The Romans used lead for many things, the lead was inexpensive and was used in the piping that brought water to Rome, they had lead utensils and lead-lined pots that they used to boil down wine, lead was also found in makeup and the pigment of paints. Some symptoms of lead poisoning were: anemia, lameness, brain swelling, and pallor. The Romans did realize that the lead could cause health problems and even death, but they believed that as long as they weren 't exposed to high levels there was only a low risk of getting lead poisoning, what they did not understand was that being exposed low-levels of lead daily can still cause some of the symptoms of lead poisoning. The people who were getting exposed to the higher level of lead poisoning, from

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