Looking a Little Blue
Sometimes the blue comes off, and sometimes it doesn't! Image courtesy of James Porto
Is That Papa Smurf?
If a small child ran up to you in the grocery store and told you Papa Smurf was in aisle 2, you'd probably think they had a vivid imagination or that there was some promotion going on of which you were unaware. But, there is another answer. They could have seen someone with a very rare condition.
- Blue Man at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gq8C0GknwAM
Now that you've seen the condition, here is some detail on what's going on How Silver Turns People Blue
Use the resources below to answer the following questions:
- What is the cause of argyria? When was it first reported?
- What was the original use of silver solutions in medicine? How effective were these treatments at the time? What medicines lead to the decline in the use of silver solutions?
- How dramatic are the changes when someone first contracts this disease? How can this complicate initial diagnosis?
- What do argyria and the process to develop black and white film have in common? Explain this process as fully as you can.
- What has to happen to silver for it to enter the blood stream? Where does this occur?