The history of Minamata disease is presented in chronological order (from the first outbreak to the current situation). The history of the disease provides us with invaluable lessons for future public health strategies. First, prompt countermeasures should be taken when a cause is identified and should not be postponed until an etiologic agent is identified. Second, lack of investigation obscures the features as well as the expansion of the disease and unnecessarily confuses the situation. Third, the womb is the environment. Finally, social circumstances can induce disease.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Toxicology
Subtitle of host publicationThird Edition
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9780123864543
ISBN (Print)9780123864550
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2014


  • Central nervous system disease
  • Environment health
  • Epidemiology
  • Food poisoning
  • Food safety and toxicology
  • Metal
  • Methylmercury
  • Minamata disease
  • Pollution
  • Public health
  • Public health policy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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