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How Everyday Products Make People Sick: Toxins at Home and in the Workplace

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This book reveals the hidden health dangers in many of the seemingly innocent products we encounter every day—a tube of glue in a kitchen drawer, a bottle of bleach in the laundry room, a rayon scarf on a closet shelf, a brass knob on the front door, a wood plank on an outdoor deck. A compelling exposé, written by a physician with extensive experience in public health and illustrated with disturbing case histories, How Everyday Products Make People Sick is a rich and meticulously documented account of injury and illness across different time periods, places, and technologies. It presents a picture not of one exceptional or corrupt industry but rather of how run-of-the-mill manufacturing processes and consumer marketing expose workers and the general public alike to toxic hazards. More troubling still, even when such hazards are recognized, calls for their control are routinely ignored. Written for a wide audience, it offers a critical and disquieting perspective on the relationship between industrial development and its adverse health consequences.

Among the surprisingly common hazards discussed in How Everyday Products Make People Sick:

* Glue and rubber cement

* Chlorine bleach

* Rayon and other synthetic textiles

* Welding and other metal fumes

* Wood preservatives

* Gasoline additives

Synopsis:

"A superb tool for making our homes, finally, a safe place to raise children."--Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., author of "Crimes Against Nature" and "St. Francis of Assisi."<BR>"This is the work of a lifetime, one sure to be a classic for future lifetimes. Thirty years ago, Paul Blanc educated me about the threat of cancers caused by corporate and government negligence. Now he tells a great, entertaining and shocking story, based on a vast knowledge of science, government regulation, history and popular culture that shows our personal dependency and the almost-forsaken cause of public health."--Tom Hayden, former chairman, committee on natural resources, California state senate."<BR>"A masterful synthesis of some of the very heated and critical environmental and occupational health issues of our time. Paul Blanc offers a grounded look at the long term history of industrial disease, and the toxic environment in which we now live — something that has been overlooked in discussions of the rise of the modern environmental movement."--David Rosner, author of "Deceit and Denial: The Deadly Politics of Industrial Pollution" and co-author of "Are We Ready? Public Health Since 9/11."<BR>

Synopsis:

“A superb tool for making our homes, finally, a safe place to raise children.”—Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., author of Crimes Against Nature and St. Francis of Assisi.

“This is the work of a lifetime, one sure to be a classic for future lifetimes. Thirty years ago, Paul Blanc educated me about the threat of cancers caused by corporate and government negligence. Now he tells a great, entertaining and shocking story, based on a vast knowledge of science, government regulation, history and popular culture that shows our personal dependency and the almost-forsaken cause of public health."—Tom Hayden, former chairman, committee on natural resources, California state senate.”

"A masterful synthesis of some of the very heated and critical environmental and occupational health issues of our time. Paul Blanc offers a grounded look at the long term history of industrial disease, and the toxic environment in which we now live — something that has been overlooked in discussions of the rise of the modern environmental movement."—David Rosner, author of Deceit and Denial: The Deadly Politics of Industrial Pollution and co-author of Are We Ready? Public Health Since 9/11.

About the Author

Paul D. Blanc is Professor of Medicine and holds the Endowed Chair in Occupational and Environmental Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

Acknowledgments

List of Abbreviations

Introduction

1. The Forgotten Histories of “Modern” Hazards

2. The Shadow of Smoke: How to Evade Regulation

3. Good Glue, Better Glue, Superglue

4. Under a Green Sea: The Rising Tide of Chlorine

5. Going Crazy at Work: Cycles of Carbon Disulfide Poisoning

6. Job Fever: Inhaling Dust and Fumes

7. Emerging Toxins

Conclusion

Notes

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780520248823
Subtitle:
Toxins at Home and in the Workplace
Author:
Blanc, Paul D
Author:
Blanc, Paul David
Author:
Blanc MD, Paul D.
Author:
Paul D. Blanc MD
Author:
Blanc, Paul D.
Publisher:
University of California Press
Subject:
History
Subject:
Toxicology
Subject:
Hazardous substances
Subject:
Health Care Delivery
Subject:
Health Care Issues
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20070103
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
10 b/w photographs
Pages:
385
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 1 in 20 oz

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"Synopsis" by , "A superb tool for making our homes, finally, a safe place to raise children."--Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., author of "Crimes Against Nature" and "St. Francis of Assisi."<BR>"This is the work of a lifetime, one sure to be a classic for future lifetimes. Thirty years ago, Paul Blanc educated me about the threat of cancers caused by corporate and government negligence. Now he tells a great, entertaining and shocking story, based on a vast knowledge of science, government regulation, history and popular culture that shows our personal dependency and the almost-forsaken cause of public health."--Tom Hayden, former chairman, committee on natural resources, California state senate."<BR>"A masterful synthesis of some of the very heated and critical environmental and occupational health issues of our time. Paul Blanc offers a grounded look at the long term history of industrial disease, and the toxic environment in which we now live — something that has been overlooked in discussions of the rise of the modern environmental movement."--David Rosner, author of "Deceit and Denial: The Deadly Politics of Industrial Pollution" and co-author of "Are We Ready? Public Health Since 9/11."<BR>
"Synopsis" by ,
“A superb tool for making our homes, finally, a safe place to raise children.”—Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., author of Crimes Against Nature and St. Francis of Assisi.

“This is the work of a lifetime, one sure to be a classic for future lifetimes. Thirty years ago, Paul Blanc educated me about the threat of cancers caused by corporate and government negligence. Now he tells a great, entertaining and shocking story, based on a vast knowledge of science, government regulation, history and popular culture that shows our personal dependency and the almost-forsaken cause of public health."—Tom Hayden, former chairman, committee on natural resources, California state senate.”

"A masterful synthesis of some of the very heated and critical environmental and occupational health issues of our time. Paul Blanc offers a grounded look at the long term history of industrial disease, and the toxic environment in which we now live — something that has been overlooked in discussions of the rise of the modern environmental movement."—David Rosner, author of Deceit and Denial: The Deadly Politics of Industrial Pollution and co-author of Are We Ready? Public Health Since 9/11.

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