The past 15 years has witnessed a great expansion in the understanding of lead exposure in humans. This progress has taken place on a number of fronts, only some of which are strictly scientific, fulfilling the statement made by René Dubos a number of years ago that the subject of lead exposure offers a piece of action to practically every field of human endeavor. An example of this is the recent action taken by the Environmental Protection Agency to reduce further the permissible lead content in gasoline, surely as important a step as any current scientific discovery in the field. Amelioration of lead exposure will never occur without the broad cooperation of not only bench scientists, behavioralists, and clinical people, but also public health, legal, legislative, and governmental persons sharing common concerns.
The subject matter of this volume represents just this kind of cooperative effort, as one can easily see