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In 1943, Albert Schatz, a tender Rutgers university Ph. D. scholar, labored on a wartime venture in microbiology professor Selman Waksman’s lab, trying to find an antibiotic to struggle infections at the entrance strains and at domestic. In his 11th test on a standard bacterium present in farmyard soil, Schatz stumbled on streptomycin, the 1st potent healing for tuberculosis, one of many world’s deadliest ailments.
As director of Schatz’s study, Waksman took credits for the invention, belittled Schatz’s paintings, and secretly enriched himself with royalties from the streptomycin patent filed by means of the pharmaceutical corporation Merck. In an exceptional lawsuit, younger Schatz sued Waksman, and was once offered the identify of “co-discoverer” and a proportion of the royalties. yet years later, Professor Waksman on my own was once offered the Nobel Prize. Schatz disappeared into educational obscurity.
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5–3 minutes and dyspnea and lung congestion in rats and mice exposed to 47–175 ppm fluorine for 5–60 minutes. The threshold for the respiratory effects appears to be duration-related. Necrosis was also observed in the liver parenchymal tissue and in the renal tubules of rodents acutely exposed to fluorine. In general, the liver and kidney effects occurred at higher concentrations than the respiratory effects. The Keplinger and Suissa human study was selected as the basis of an acute-duration inhalation MRL for fluorine.
75 ppm fluoride was calculated by adjusting the mean concentration for intermittent exposure (an assumption was made that the subjects were exposed daily to hydrogen fluoride). 02 ppm fluoride for hydrogen fluoride. No chronic-duration studies were located for hydrogen fluoride; thus, a chronic-duration inhalation MRL was not derived. ***DRAFT FOR PUBLIC COMMENT*** FLUORINE, HYDROGEN FLUORIDE, AND FLUORIDES 2. RELEVANCE TO PUBLIC HEALTH Fluoride • No inhalation MRLs were derived for fluoride. Several occupational exposure studies examined fluoride toxicity in aluminum potroom workers.
HEALTH EFFECTS fluoride is used generically in this profile to refer to toxicology of fluoride salts. Because numerous different fluoride compounds exist naturally in the environment and have varying chemical properties, the term fluorides is used in the discussion of environmental media. Most of the available literature on fluoride toxicity concerns sodium fluoride. Additional toxicity literature is available on some other forms of fluoride, such as stannous fluoride. Other forms of fluoride are discussed only if exposure is likely to occur at a hazardous waste site.