The Absorption of Arsenic into Single Human Head Hairs

    Volume 22, Issue 1 (January 1977)

    ISSN: 0022-1198

    CODEN: JFSOAD

    Published Online: 1 January 1977

    Page Count: 6


    Pate, BD
    Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, British Columbia

    Maes, D
    Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, British Columbia

    (Received 11 March 1976; accepted 17 May 1976)

    Abstract

    The study of arsenic in human head hair has long been of considerable interest as a potential index of arsenic poisoning. Two accounts are found in the literature of the mechanism by which arsenic becomes desposited in hair. In one, ingested arsenic is incorporated into the growing hair shaft via the follicle [1]; the location at specific distances from the hair root of regions of increased concentrations of arsenic in hair taken from subjects after the ingestion of arsenic [2] (for example, from Napoleon Bonaparte at various times before his death [3,4]) were interpreted as indicative of the time before plucking at which arsenic ingestion had occurred, under assumptions as to the rate of growth of hair.


    Paper ID: JFS10371J

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS10371J

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