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About this book
About this book
Taking an evidence-based approach along with a dose of healthy skepticism, this new edition of a paradigm-shaking book brings together, in one place, a broad range of hot-button scientific topics concerning the threats to the quality of human life. This book dispels environmental myths by measuring the barometers of environmental health - cancer death rates; birth and infant mortality rates; air, water, and noise pollution; hazardous wastes; chemicals in food; pesticides; accidents and occupational health; sanitary sewage and waste water treatment; disease patterns; and more.
Webs of causation; the environment as a system; microbial food poisoning; chemicals in food; zoonoses; pesticides; accidents; noise pollution; occupational health; radiation and nuclear power generation; air pollution; water pollution; sanitary sewage/waste water treatment; hazardous and solid wastes; population and patterns of disease; risk assessment, communication, and the politics of pollution.
MELVIN A. BENARDE is the author of seven books, including Race Against Famine, The Chemicals We Eat, and Asbestos: The Hazardous Fiber. He is Associate Director of the Asbestos Abatement Center and Professor of Epidemiology in the Industrial Hygiene Program, College of Engineering, Temple University. Since earning his PhD at Michigan State University in 1954, Dr. Benarde has received many awards and has been involved in many professional memberships and community activities in the environmental and public health spheres.