Dying of Lead Poisoning After the War

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Jun 7, 2021
Given that the effects of lead poisoning are cumulative, what would be the probability of soldiers dying from that cause years after the war, if they had bullet wounds in which the surgeons were unable to extract all the fragments of the bullet? Is this why they were so aggressive in probing wounds? Did they even understand the danger? I have read stories of CW soldiers who carried bullets in their bodies the rest of their life.

All I have found on the web on this subject, so far, is this article which relates to lead poisoning found in modern soldiers as a result of firing bullets or otherwise being exposed to lead sources in training and combat. The CW soldier had a much higher rate of exposure.

https://www.military.com/daily-news...e-slowly-being-poisoned-lead-their-bones.html
 
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Jun 7, 2021
Lead poisoning won't necessarily kill you, but it can cause severe headaches, joint pain, seizures, and a long list of other random sounding ailments. This particular soldier (or one like him?) had episodes in which he thought he was back in the army and would march up and down for hours as if on picket duty.
 
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