Living Downstream: A Scientist's Personal Investigation of Cancer and the Environment

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With this eloquent and impassioned book, biologist and poet Sandra Steingraber shoulders the legacy of Rachel Carson, producing a work about people and land, cancer and the environment, that is as accessible and invaluable as Silent Spring--and potentially as historic.

In her early twenties, Steingraber was afflicted with cancer, a disease that has afflicted other members of her adoptive family. Writing from the twin perspectives of a survivor and a concerned scientist, she ...

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Overview

With this eloquent and impassioned book, biologist and poet Sandra Steingraber shoulders the legacy of Rachel Carson, producing a work about people and land, cancer and the environment, that is as accessible and invaluable as Silent Spring--and potentially as historic.

In her early twenties, Steingraber was afflicted with cancer, a disease that has afflicted other members of her adoptive family. Writing from the twin perspectives of a survivor and a concerned scientist, she traces the high incidence of cancer and the terrifying concentrations of environmental toxins in her native rural Illinois. She goes on to show similar correlation in other communities, such as Boston and Long Island, and throughout the United States, where cancer rates have risen alarmingly since mid-century. At once a deeply moving personal document and a groundbreaking work of scientific detection, Living Downstream will be a touchstone for generations, reminding us of the intimate connection between the health of our bodies and the integrity of our air, land, and water.

"By skillfully weaving a strong personal drama with thorough scientific research, Steingraber tells a compelling story....Well worth reading."--Washington Post

"Steingraber uses her poetic talent, biological erudition, and personal experience to tell a tale about living with a cancer that may have developed from environmental toxins."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780375700996
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 7/28/1998
  • Series: Vintage Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.85 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Foreword to the Vintage Edition
Prologue
1 trace amounts 1
2 silence 14
3 time 31
4 space 57
5 war 87
6 animals 118
7 earth 148
8 air 173
9 water 189
10 fire 212
11 our bodies, inscribed 235
12 ecological roots 254
Afterword to the Vintage Edition 273
Epilogue: exercising your right to know 285
Source Notes 289
Index 357
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2001

    Extremely valuable research that helps explain why so many have Cancer now and what we can do about it.

    This is a must-read for anyone concerned about the high rates of cancer today. It is well researched, showing unequivocally how our modern-day environment can and does cause and/or triggers most of the cancers people have today. It shows what type of modern practices and chemicals are the most dangerous so we can become informed citizens and be better enabled to speak out against them, and so we can avoid them when possible. It makes me glad that we have organic foods available!

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