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Living Downstream: A Scientist's Personal Investigation of Cancer and the Environment

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With this eloquent and impassioned book, biologist and poet Sandra Steingraber shoulders the legacy of Rachel Carson, producing a work about people and land, cancer and the environment, that is as accessible and invaluable as Silent Spring--and potentially as historic.

In her early twenties, Steingraber was afflicted with cancer, a disease that has afflicted other members of her adoptive family. Writing from the twin perspectives of a survivor and a concerned scientist, she traces the high incidence of cancer and the terrifying concentrations of environmental toxins in her native rural Illinois. She goes on to show similar correlation in other communities, such as Boston and Long Island, and throughout the United States, where cancer rates have risen alarmingly since mid-century. At once a deeply moving personal document and a groundbreaking work of scientific detection, Living Downstream will be a touchstone for generations, reminding us of the intimate connection between the health of our bodies and the integrity of our air, land, and water.

"By skillfully weaving a strong personal drama with thorough scientific research, Steingraber tells a compelling story....Well worth reading."--Washington Post

Synopsis:

Biologist and poet Sandra Steingraber shoulders the legacy of Rachel Carson, producing a work about people and land, cancer and the environment, that is as accessible and as invaluable as "Silent Spring". "An important, deeply felt book".--"Chicago Tribune".

Synopsis:

With this eloquent and impassioned book, the biologist and poet Sandra Steingraber shoulders the legacy of Rachel Carson, producing a work about people and land, cancer and the environment, that is as accessible and invaluable as Silent Spring.

Having been treated for a rare form of cancer in her early twenties, Steingraber approaches her subject from the twin standpoints of a survivor and a concerned scientist. She traces the high incidence of cancer and the terrifying concentrations of environmental toxins in her native rural Illinois, then goes on to show a similar correlation in other communities, such as Boston and Long Island, and throughout the United States, where cancer rates have risen alarmingly since mid-century. Living Downstream is a landmark work, at once a moving personal document and a triumph of scientific detection.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 289-356) and index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780375700996
Subtitle:
A Scientist's Personal Investigation of Cancer and the Environment
Author:
Steingraber, Sandra
Publisher:
Vintage
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Environmental Science
Subject:
Environmental Conservation & Protection
Subject:
Diseases - Cancer
Subject:
Cancer
Subject:
Environmental toxicology
Subject:
Environmental Conservation & Protection - General
Subject:
Cancer -- Environmental aspects.
Subject:
General Nature
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage
Publication Date:
19980728
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
400
Dimensions:
8 x 5.1 x .85 in .65 lb

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"Synopsis" by , Biologist and poet Sandra Steingraber shoulders the legacy of Rachel Carson, producing a work about people and land, cancer and the environment, that is as accessible and as invaluable as "Silent Spring". "An important, deeply felt book".--"Chicago Tribune".
"Synopsis" by , With this eloquent and impassioned book, the biologist and poet Sandra Steingraber shoulders the legacy of Rachel Carson, producing a work about people and land, cancer and the environment, that is as accessible and invaluable as Silent Spring.

Having been treated for a rare form of cancer in her early twenties, Steingraber approaches her subject from the twin standpoints of a survivor and a concerned scientist. She traces the high incidence of cancer and the terrifying concentrations of environmental toxins in her native rural Illinois, then goes on to show a similar correlation in other communities, such as Boston and Long Island, and throughout the United States, where cancer rates have risen alarmingly since mid-century. Living Downstream is a landmark work, at once a moving personal document and a triumph of scientific detection.

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