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“Take some more tea”, the March Hare said to Alice, very earnestly.
“I’ve had nothing yet”, Alice replied in an offended tone, “so I can’t take more”.
“You mean you can’t take less”, said the Hatter: “it’s very easy to take more than nothing”
Alice in Wonderland. Lewis Carroll
Known since the 19th century, the adverse neurological effects of mercury experienced by the felt-hat workers called “the madness of hatters” were graphically described in chapter 7, “A Mad Tea-Party” by Lewis Carroll. Mercury and its compounds are now considered a threat to human beings, ecosystems and wildlife owing to their high toxicity and persistence in the environment. For this reason, the European Commission presented its Community Mercury Strategy, a global action plan to address mercury pollution in 2005.1
Fish consumption is the main source of human exposure to methylmercury in …
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