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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: J. Thomas Pierce, MBBS PhD(Navy Environmental Health Center)
Description: Describing the environmental issues associated with air pollution and its impact on public health, this very serious book embraces both the public health concern question and the basic science perspective. Air pollution science is somewhat unique in that it subsumes many scientific and engineering subdisciplines.
Purpose: The authors hope to provide readers with a solid grasp of the dynamic field of air pollution. The book is quite straightforward in terms of providing a public health perspective that variously emphasizes air pollution impacts while placing them in the context of many public health concerns such as nutrition and infectious diseases.
Audience: The expected audience includes graduate students as well as professionals in the field. Given the partnership of the publisher with the American Public Health Association, I would expect considerable readership interest in the broader public health community.
Features: Each chapter consists of 7 to 10 subsections, with the first an introduction and the last three always a summary, quiz, and discussion topics. In total, there about 150 distinguishable subsections: introduction (history, disasters, modern issues, scope and summary); sources and emissions (measurements, sources and emissions, transport, summary and a quiz); properties (particle basics, morphology and toxicity, gas and vapors, photochemical reactions, primary and secondary pollutants, uncertainties...); sampling and analysis (quality assurance and statistics, human air sampler, particle sampling and analysis, gas sampling and analysis...); visibility climate and the ozone layer (climate and air pollution, stratospheric ozone...); regulation and abatement (regulatory agencies and standards, trends and benefits, abatement, control, case studies); human exposures (breathing, respiratory tract compartments, deposition...); effects on human health (sources of health data, susceptible populations...); toxicology studies (air pollution toxicology, in vitro studies and mechanisms, animal studies, human clinical studies, exposure methods, unsolved problems); epidemiology and air pollution (concepts and types of epidemiology studies, susceptible subpopulations; and risk assessment (hazard identification, assessments, risk characterization and communication; ethical considerations (branch of philosophy, human and animal subjects research ethics, professional and practical ethics).
Assessment: This book arrives in an era that is somewhat unrivaled in terms of interest in air pollution topics. Global assessments of all disease and public health challenges have recently listed air pollution, primarily particulate issues, as a top-10 status. So the authors' economical use of words in producing a comprehensive book that is short of an encyclopedia but much more than a single issue treatise has a lot to offer. I will continue to recommend it to colleagues who teach in these subject areas.