Medicine: Tar Poisoning

A gob of road tar is a morsel which children like to chew. Tar contains dirt, of course, and poisons with terrific names like creosote, benzene, cyclohexane, anthracene, dianthracene, toluene, pyridine, amylene, methyl cyanide, carbon bisulphide. Tar-chewing children should be warned by the disaster which overtook a man tarring an Ohio road. As a case of industrial toxicology, the American Medical Association considered it important enough to publish in its Journal.

While the Ohio road mender had his back turned to his wagon of hot tar. scamps dumped the tar onto the road. Stifling fumes arose. The man ran to his wagon,...

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