Lead Wars: The Politics of Science and the Fate of America's Children

Lead Wars: The Politics of Science and the Fate of America's Children

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by Gerald Markowitz, David Rosner
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520273257

ISBN-13: 9780520273252

Pub. Date: 04/30/2013

Publisher: University of California Press

“The story Rosner and Markowitz tell of generations of children gravely damaged by promiscuous dispersal of lead, and the persistent attempts made to evade responsibility for the harms caused, is both true and shocking. This book will not just educate future environmental and health leaders, it should outrage them.”—Richard J. Jackson MD, MPH,

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“The story Rosner and Markowitz tell of generations of children gravely damaged by promiscuous dispersal of lead, and the persistent attempts made to evade responsibility for the harms caused, is both true and shocking. This book will not just educate future environmental and health leaders, it should outrage them.”—Richard J. Jackson MD, MPH, Professor and Chair, Environmental Health Sciences, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health

"Lead Wars argues that the tragedy of lead is one that our society is doomed to repeat again and again unless we develop better safeguards to protect us against chemicals and new technology. This book is a "must read" for public health professionals as well as for political scientists, social historians and for all who care about the future of America's children."—Philip J. Landrigan MD, Ethel H. Wise Professor of Community Medicine and Chairman in the Department of Preventive Medicine at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine

"Can being poor justify differing standards for research or a focus merely on harm reduction and the politically feasible? Markowitz and Rosner make the compelling case that in public health the practical and possible may in the end be immoral and dangerous, and a consequence of the war on science. A necessary read for anyone who cares about public health, the role of government, children, medical experimentation and environmental justice."—Susan M. Reverby, McLean Professor in the History of Ideas and Professor of Women's and Gender Studies, Wellesley College

“Lead poisoning remains a tragedy (and scandal) of immense proportions, and the authors utilize new sources—including previously unexamined court records—to tell a story that is as gripping as it is important.”—Robert N. Proctor, Professor of the History of Science at Stanford University and author of Cancer Wars

"This book tells the story of a public health tragedy affecting millions of children, the determined doctors who tried to help, and an industry propaganda campaign which prolonged and worsened the tragedy. For as long as powerful corporations manipulate politicians and public opinion to profit from dangerous products, this will remain an important story for our country."—Sheldon Whitehouse, United States Senator

Lead Wars makes clear the public health dangers we face if we continue to ignore this corporate strategy that defines “acceptable” levels of risk for the thousands of chemicals in use. It brings home the importance now more than ever of taking a precautionary approach to managing toxic chemicals. This book is a must for any activist who wants to understand the strategies polluters use to continue business as usual. —Lois Marie Gibbs, Executive Director, Center for Health, Environment & Justice


In this outstanding book, Gerald Markowitz and David Rosner utilize historical scholarship to expose a major tragedy in recent public health: the failure to protect children from the harms of lead in our environment. Despite the fact that the toxic effects of lead have been known for centuries, they show—using previously unavailable documents—how the lead industry has protected their profits at public expense, despite their explicit knowledge of its many dangers. Lead Wars brings this tragic history to light in a narrative that integrates deep investigation and analysis with compelling advocacy and compassion for children who continue to be at risk from one of the world’s best-known toxins.—Allan M. Brandt, Professor of the History of Medicine at Harvard University, and author of The Cigarette Century: The Rise, Fall, and Deadly Persistence of the Product That Defined America

Markowitz and Rosner have majestically woven the key characters and elements of the history of lead poisoning into a captivating narrative that exposes a tremendous and terrifying truth; unless it serves the needs of private enterprise, public health is incapable of controlling the causes of chronic disease and disability.
In place of prevention, we have settled for partial solutions. Everyone who has an interest in public health, health policy or history should read this book.—Bruce Lanphear, MD, MPH, Clinician Scientist, Child & Family Research
Institute BC Children’s Hospital and Professor of Health Sciences, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, BC

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520273252
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
04/30/2013
Series:
California/Milbank Books on Health and the Public Series, #24
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
326
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgments

1.
Introduction: A Legacy of Neglect
2. From Personal Tragedy to Public Health Crisis
3. Peeling the Onion: New Layers of the Lead Problem
4. The Contentious Meaning of Low-Level Exposures
5. The Rise of Public Health Pragmatism
6. Controlled Poison
7. Research on Trial
8. Lead Poisoning and the Courts
9. A Plague on All Our Houses

Notes

Index

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Lead Wars: The Politics of Science and the Fate of America's Children 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
rdjehn More than 1 year ago
If your house was built prior to about 1980, it is very likely that it has been painted with lead-based paint at least once. That means you could be living with lead contamination for most of the hours of the day. Children are especially vulnerable to the effects of lead, which could stunt their mental growth and lead to ADHD and behavioral problems from an early age. If you are interested in learning how corporate America is still in the business of hiding the truth about how they poison our lives, this is a must-read.