ISBN13:978-0521423311 ISBN10: 0521423317 This edition has also been released as: ISBN13: 978-0521411912 ISBN10: 0521411912
Summary: Public concern regarding environmental pollution and chemicals present in foods, consumer products, and the work place are at an all time high. While there is widespread awareness, confusion still reigns, aggravated by conflicting reports concerning carcinogens in food and drinking water, or about chemicals present in medicines and household products that may cause birth defects. The central purpose of this book is to describe how scientists come to understand the to
xic properties of such chemicals and the health risks they may pose. Rather than attempting to expose governmental and corporate ignorance, negligence or corruption, this book explores the underlying scientific issues.
Summary: Public concern regarding environmental pollution and chemicals present in foods, consumer products, and the work place are at an all time high. While there is widespread awareness, confusion still reigns, aggravated by conflicting reports concerning carcinogens in food and drinking water, or about chemicals present in medicines and household products that may cause birth defects. The central purpose of this book is to describe how scientists come to understand the toxic properties of such chemicals and the health risks they may pose. Rather than attempting to expose governmental and corporate ignorance, negligence or corruption, this book explores the underlying scientific issues.
Edition/Copyright:92 Cover: Publisher:Cambridge University Press Year Published: 1992 International: No
"...needs to be read by every medical scientist with any concern for public health issues as well as by environmental and food safety campaigners. It will sharpen debating skills enormously, broaden understanding of risk through chemicals and reveal not a few idiocies. Rodricks tells the scientists, the campaigners and the concerned citizens what they need to know. And they won't even need a dictionary. Dose-response curves, thresholds, environmental epidemiology and drug metabolism are all covered in simple and, at times, humorous terms. Toxicology is delightful--an art as well as science. Rodricks covers both."
--Simon Wolff, New Scientist
"Rodricks has written a book with a wealth of technical material that is so easy to read and follow, and which will be a gift to the students and fellow professionals he hopes will use it."
--Alastair Hey, Nature
"...presents a practical and balanced clarification of the scientific basis for our concerns and uncertainties. It should serve to refocus the debate."
Cambridge University Press Web Site, April, 2000
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Chemicals Exposures Into the body Toxicity and toxic risk Fast poisons Slow poisons Carcinogens Mechanisms Dose and response Assessing risks Managing Improvements and new challenges
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