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Diagnosis: Mercury: Money, Politics and Poison

By: Jane M Hightower

Island Press

Paperback | Apr 2011 | #191618 | ISBN-13: 9781610910026
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About this book

One morning in 2000, Dr. Jane Hightower walked into her surgery to find a patient with disturbing symptoms she couldn't explain. The woman was nauseated, tired, and had difficulty concentrating, but a litany of tests revealed no apparent cause. She was not alone. Dr. Hightower saw numerous patients with similar, inexplicable ailments, and eventually learned that there were many more incidents around the world. They had little in common - except a healthy appetite for certain fish.

In this book, Dr. Hightower retraces her investigation into the modern prevalence of mercury poisoning, revealing how political calculations, dubious studies, and industry lobbyists endanger people's health. While mercury is a naturally occurring element, she learns there's much that is unnatural about this poison's prevalence in some seafood.

A voyage of discovery that led this idealistic physician into the murky waters of corporate cover-ups and conflicting science, bemused colleagues and corrupt officials, mass poisonings and what may be a widespread but obstinately unrecognised problem for ordinary consumers. I defy anyone not to be angry by the end of this book. (New Scientist)"


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Biography

Jane M. Hightower, M.D., works as an internal medicine physician in San Francisco, California. She published a landmark study that brought the issue of mercury in seafood to international attention. She continues to publish scientific papers and give lectures on the subject.

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