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The Poison Paradox: How and When Chemicals are Toxic

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By: John Timbrell

352 pages, 60 black and white illustrations

Oxford University Press

Paperback | Aug 2008 | #174254 | ISBN-13: 9780199548163
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Hardback | Jun 2005 | #153620 | ISBN: 0192804952
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About this book

Every day we are surrounded by chemicals that are potentially harmful. Some of these we take intentionally in the form of drugs; some we take unknowingly through the food we eat, and the environment around us.

John Timbrell explores what makes particular chemicals harmful, what their effects are, and how we can test for them. He examines drugs such as Paracetamol and what it does to the body; Ricin, the most toxic substance known to man; Paraquat, a widely available weedkiller; and how the puffer fish, eaten as a delicacy in Japan, can kill. Using case studies from all around the world, such as the Spanish Oil syndrome which made over 20,000 people ill in Madrid, Timbrell uncovers the facts behind chemical scares. He shows how, with a rational, scientific, and balanced approach, risks can be assessed and managed safely.


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