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Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals

Series: Issues in Environmental Science and Technology Volume: 12

Edited By: RE Hester and RM Harrison

Royal Society of Chemistry

Paperback | Oct 1999 | #101296 | ISBN: 0854042555
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Long-term environmental effects of chemical exposure have long been of concern and chemicals which cause changes to the sexual development of exposed organisms have now been identified. It is thought that low-level exposure to a wide range of chemicals may be affecting endocrine function, leading to a reduction in fertility and an increase in reproductive cancers. This is a review of the scientific evidence, attempting to put the subject into context. Along with an overview of the issue, there is discussion of the specialized aspects in relation to wildlife; environmental oestrogens and male reproduction; and naturally occurring oestrogenic substances. With contributions from representatives of the Medical Research Council's Institute for Environment and Health and the US Environmental Protection Agency, the articles provide a comprehensive review of current issues.


Overview of the endocrine disrupter issue; environmentally induced endocrine abnormalities in fish; effects of endocrine disrupting chemicals on invertebrates; endocrine disruption in mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians; oestrogens, environmental oestrogens and male reproduction; human health effects of phytoestrogens; endocrine disrupter research and regulation in the United States.

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Ronald E Hester is at the University of York, UK Roy M Harrison OBE is at the University of Birmingham, UK

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