Lead Metabolism in the Normal Human: Stable Isotope Studies

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Science  16 Nov 1973:
Vol. 182, Issue 4113, pp. 725-727
DOI: 10.1126/science.182.4113.725


Kinetic and metabolic balance studies in a healthy man fed a diet normal in lead content and labeled with lead-204 indicated that approximately two-thirds of his assimilated lead was dietary in origin; the remainder was inhaled. Kinetic analysis shows that the isotopic data can be interpreted by a three-compartment model.