Generations at Risk: Reproductive Health and the Environment / Edition 1

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Generations at Risk presents compelling evidence that human exposure to some toxic chemicals can have lifelong and even intergenerational effects on human reproduction and development. The result of a collaboration involving public health professionals, physicians, environmental educators, and policy advocates, this book examines how scientific, social, economic, and political systems may fail to protect us from environmental and occupational toxicants. It is an important sourcebook for those concerned about their own health and that of their loved ones, as well as for medical and public health workers, community activists, policymakers, and industrial decision makers.

Disc. basic science; effects of specific exposures; guide & resources for investigating environmental threats.

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"This book attempt to come to grips with the increasing toxification of the biosphere." Charles Schweighauser Boston Book Review

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Boston Book Review - Charles Schweighauser
This book attempt to come to grips with the increasing toxification of the biosphere.
Library Journal
This is a handbook on the toxicity of chemicals in our homes, communities, and workplaces and their effects on reproductive health and development. The authors are public health workers, physicians, policy advocates, and environmentalists. The text is arranged in three sections: an introduction to human reproductive systems and areas vulnerable to damage; a comprehensive review of metals, organic solvents, pesticides, and endocrine disrupters in our food, air, and water and the dangers to human reproductive physiology caused by exposure even in small quantities; and an analysis of the regulatory agencies and legislation designed to protect public health and the weaknesses and failures of those approaches. Strategies are presented for assessing environmental threats in our daily lives and taking action to minimize or eliminate them. The book's scholarly presentation, which includes statistics, illustrations, tables, anecdotal information from actual cases, and 60 pages of references, is most appropriate for an audience with some understanding of scientific terminology and research methods. Recommended for academic libraries.--Irwin Weintraub, Brooklyn Coll. Lib., NY Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780262692472
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/2000
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 414
  • Lexile: 1570L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

I Understanding and Using the Science: Reproductive Physiology and Toxicology 1
1 Reproductive and Developmental Physiology 3
2 The Role of Science in Public Health Decisions 21
II Reproductive and Developmental Effects of Selected Substances and Human Exposures 49
3 Metals 51
4 Organic Solvents 73
5 Pesticides 107
6 Endocrine Disruptors 151
7 Human Exposures to Reproductive Toxicants 189
III A Guide to Investigating Environmental Threats to Reproduction 233
8 The Regulation of Hazardous Chemicals and Your Right to Know 235
9 Taking Action: How to Assess Reproductive Threats at Home, in the Community, and in the Workplace 265
10 Primer for the Clinician 295
11 Reflections and Recommendations 307
Appendix A Resource Guide 317
Appendix B Reproductive Outcomes Associated with Chemical Exposures 333
Notes 337
Index 397
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