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1001 chemicals in everyday products
Lewis, Grace Ross.
Personal Author:
Second edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Wiley, [1999]

Physical Description:
x, 388 pages ; 24 cm
General Note:
"A Wiley-Interscience publication."

Includes index.
Consumer's chemical questions -- Food additives -- Cosmetics -- Cleaning products -- Miscellaneous questions -- Chemicals -- Appendix: Poison control centers.
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There is a virtual laboratory of chemicals in the food we eat andthe products we encounter every dayat home, at school, and at work.What are these substances and how are they used? How are theyhelpful? Can they be harmful?

Here are fast, hands-on answers to these and other crucialquestions about hundreds of chemical substances we come intocontact with on a regular basis. From MSG in food toperchloroethylene in dry cleaning, this AZ guide provides clear,no-nonsense information on the use and health effects of hundredsof chemicals found in food, medicines, cosmetics, cleaningsolutions, lawn and garden products, and more. Well-organized andeasy-to-use, it gives you the help you need to make smarter choicesabout the products you choosefor yourself and your family. Inside 1,001 Chemicals in Everyday Products you'll find:

Entries listing products, uses, precautions, and synonyms Direct answers to over 250 frequently asked questions oneveryday chemicals Handy product and chemical synonym indexes A nationwide listing of Poison Control Centers

Author Notes

GRACE ROSS LEWIS is cofounder and Vice President of Lewis Information Systems, Inc., in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Reviews 1

Choice Review

This is the second edition (1st ed., 1994) of a monograph which, according to the author, was written to "answer questions and provide information about all the chemicals that you come in contact with every day." It is designed for consumers and is written in a nontechnical style. Part 1 provides brief but clearly written answers to some 200 consumer questions related to the chemistry of food additives, cosmetics, cleaning products, and a variety of other materials. Part 2 contains an alphabetical listing of hundreds of substances from "abaca" to "zirconyl chloride," and for each substance there is a brief but clearly written summary of its use, precautions associated with this use, and a valuable list of synonyms. This monograph appears to be remarkably free of error and provides a reasonable approach to describing the care and use of every day chemicals. Although Lewis's book is not particularly useful to scientists in the field of consumer chemistry, it will be valuable to consumers desiring a clear, balanced, and well-written explanation of the sources and uses of chemicals found in foods, cosmetics and related materials. Appendix listing locations of Poison Control Centers in the US and Canada; extremely detailed index. All levels. H. T. McKone; Saint Joseph College