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  QUESTION: Who was the Queensland doctor who researched nephritis & lead, 23 Dec 2004, Queensland Australia

I was interested in obtaining the Doctors name for reference and to read his articles if available for when he studied the effects of lead in paint in Queensland and nephritis. A few years ago I met him at the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane where was still coming in a day a week on a voluntary basis but I have forgotten his name. My father was one of the people he interviewed back in the 50s who contacted nephritis this way.

ANSWER: 17 Jan 2005

Dear Colin,

Sorry for the delay in responding over the holiday period. This is an entirely volunteer service. Yours is a very interesting question and I have not had much luck with my web-searching but wondered whether either of the following have names which ring a bell for you:

History of lead poisoning in Queensland children (David Henderson (see below) or the much earlier nephritis researcher Jarvis Nye) or Lead poisoning (B. Campbell) I'd be very interested to hear about what happened to your father. Does someone in the family perhaps have a copy of the research paper that your father was interviewed for? One man who could probably help you is Dr Gerard Neville of the Queensland Health Dept, although when I rang his number today (07 3234 0941) he was on sick leave. Someone at that number said she would email him and he may be able to search through research articles for you.

I'll let you know if Dr Neville gets back to me.

Good luck.
Yours Sincerely
Elizabeth O'Brien


I just found a single page including the Summary of a 1955 article by D A Henderson in our library which is all about nephritis so I have asked a volunteer to type it out (see attached).

It mentions a later publication linking nephritis to lead poisoning so perhaps this attachment will help you locate the later article. If you do locate it, we'd be very interested in obtaining a copy of it for our library. Thanks for bringing this researcher to our attention. I could post you the whole page by D A Henderson if you would like to provide an address. The photocopy is too poor quality to bother with faxing it. You might want to try phoning all the D A Henderson's in Brisbane.

Here's the list from the White Pages:

  1. Henderson D A
    2 Monash Pl Fitzgibbon 4018 Mobile Service 0412 525 530
  2. Henderson D A
    42 Amery St Moorooka 4105 (07) 3848 4700
  3. Henderson D A
    148 Allenby Rd Wellington Point 4160 (07) 3822 8751
  4. Henderson D A & J A
    60 Mortlake St Graceville 4075 (07) 3278 1908 OR (07) 3278 1900

I spoke to the Human Resources people at Princess Alexandra Hospital (ph (07) 3240 2111), and they said Dr David Henderson is definitely not on their payroll and they cannot access contact details for people who no longer work there.

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