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How much risk? : a guide to understanding environmental health hazards
Goldstein, Inge F.
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Publication Information:
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2002.
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xii, 338 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
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An excellent critical analysis and scientific assessment of the nature and actual level of risk leading environmental health hazards pose to the public. Issues such as radiation from nuclear testing, radon in the home, and the connection between electromagnetic fields and cancer, environmentalfactors and asthma, pesticides and breast cancer and leukemia clusters around nuclear plants are discussed, and how scientists assess these risks is illuminated. This book will enable readers to better understand environmental health issues, and with the proper scientific understanding, makeinformed, rational decisions about them.

Author Notes

Inge F. Goldstein is at Columbia University School of Public Health. Martin Goldstein is at Yeshiva University (Emeritus).

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Inge Goldstein (epidemiology, Columbia Univ.) and Martin Goldstein (formerly, chemistry, Yeshiva Univ.), academics with experience in environmental health studies, have not flinched from hot button risks: nuclear fallout, X-rays, radon, electromagnetic fields, pesticides, estrogens, hazardous chemical wastes, and urban air pollution are all here. Each hazard is introduced with an overview, often including a case study. This material is followed by a clear explanation of the known scientific aspects of the hazard and a discussion of what remains unknown. Both discussions are aimed at the educated general reader. The book is particularly valuable for its coverage of the uncertainties inherent in environmental health investigations, e.g., the difficulties in estimating past human exposure in general populations. Most of the hazards are cancer risks, and the biology and epidemiology of cancer are developed along the way. Throughout, the statistical tests used to draw conclusions from scientific data are clearly explained. Of special note is the discussion of clusters, the seemingly unusual groupings in time and space of human disease, e.g., several cases of childhood leukemia found together. However, a full understanding of many environmental risks remains elusive. Annotated bibliography. All levels. B. C. Wyman McNeese State University

Table of Contents

1 Introduction: What We Hope to Dop. 3
2 Atomic Bombs, Nuclear Fallout, and Dental X-Raysp. 13
3 Radon in Your Basementp. 59
4 Childhood Leukemia Near Nuclear Plantsp. 101
5 Breast Cancer, Part 1: The Rise of Activism and the Pesticide Hypothesisp. 135
6 Breast Cancer, Part 2: Testing the Pesticide Hypothesisp. 171
7 Power Lines, Magnetic Fields, and Cancerp. 199
8 Cancer from the Landfill?p. 235
9 Asthma, Allergy, and Air Pollutionp. 269
10 Summary: Lessons from a Disasterp. 303
Bibliographyp. 317
Indexp. 325