Is it true that the Mad Hatter was based on true historical cases of mercury poisoning from hats?



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    The adage “as mad a hatter” does refer to hatters who were exposed to mercury in high levels as a result of using the element in the manufacture of hats. The exposure cause them to shake or appear to be “mad”.

    Additionally mercury poisoning does attribute to mood swings and anti social behavior.

    The play on word for the naming of the Mad Hatter is commonly identified with the factuality behind this phrase.

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