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In Hormonal Chaos, Sheldon Krimsky traces the emergence of an unorthodox hypothesis that casts new suspicions on a broad range of modern industrial chemicals. At the heart of his story is the "Environmental Endocrine Hypothesis," the assertion that a class of chemicals called "endocrine disruptors" are interfering with the normal functioning of hormones in animals and humans. Krimsky describes how this controversial theory was first elaborated and explores the complex factors that have contributed to its increased legitimacy and continued controversy.
Johns Hopkins University Press
The book contains black-and-white illustrations.
In Hormonal Chaos, Krimsky lays out a clear and thorough historical analysis of the development of the environmental endocrine hypothesis (sometimes called the endocrine disruption hypothesis), and then examines the larger scientific, political, and social ramifications of it.
— Mark Jackson
This well-written and thoroughly researched book provides an invaluable overview of the controversies surrounding the new hypotheses about the relationships between chemical exposures and human and environmental health. The book al so has much to say about the process of science and how science and scientific theories change as well as providing an example of how to analyze other scientific controversies.
Hormonal Chaos is a fascinating and readable account of the environmental endocrine hypothesis.
An interesting review of a topic that is even now rocking the foundations of toxicology and risk assessment... This book is relevant to virtually all issues that have global health, economic, and public policy implications.
Krimsky has not only successfully narrated the historical roots of the problem but has also exposed the complex social, economic, and political context of modern debates. Perhaps most impressively, Krimsky's account remains balanced and insightful without being polemical.
— Mrill Ingram
Eminently readable... Few issues have galvanized so many so quickly, and Krimsky has accomplished the difficult task of chronicling the history of this contentious idea without being drawn too far into the fray.
— Valery Forbes
— Gina M. Solomon
A fascinating study of the [environmental endocrine] hypothesis and of the interface between science, media, and policy.
|Ch. 1||Scientific Developments||1|
|Ch. 2||The Emergence of a Public Hypothesis||55|
|Ch. 3||Uncertainty, Values, and Scientific Responsibility||113|
|Ch. 4||The Policy Conundrum||171|
|Ch. 5||Conclusion: Expanding Paradigms of Chemical Hazards||227|
|App. A||Chronology of Key Events in the Development of the Environmental Endocrine Hypothesis||239|
|App. B||Consensus Statements from Endocrine Disrupter Work Sessions, 1991-1996||245|
|App. C||Reviews of Our Stolen Future||247|