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A Hundred and Fifty Years of Misuse of Mercury and Dental Amalgam — Still a Lesson to Learn

Hanson, M. (2003). A Hundred and Fifty Years of Misuse of Mercury and Dental Amalgam. The Art Bin.

Mercury has long been used as a medicine to treat various diseases, such as syphilis and typhoid fever, or parasites. Certainly, a treatment with such a "powerful" medicine impressed patients, and when poisoning symptoms appeared they could always be blamed on worsening of the original disease. The use of mercury in medicine repeatedly led to controversies because of toxic effects which often were very difficult to differentiate from the symptoms of the disease for which the metal was administered.

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