The Handbook of Environmental Health

The Handbook of Environmental Health

by Frank R. Spellman, Melissa L. Stoudt
     
 

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Environmental issues, global warming, pollution, and chemical dumping, are ever present in the news. But what about the health problems these issues pose? Frank Spellman and Melissa Stoudt identify the hazardous environmental issues and explain the science behind the dangers to our health.

The Handbook of Environmental Health begins with defining the most

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Environmental issues, global warming, pollution, and chemical dumping, are ever present in the news. But what about the health problems these issues pose? Frank Spellman and Melissa Stoudt identify the hazardous environmental issues and explain the science behind the dangers to our health.

The Handbook of Environmental Health begins with defining the most commonly used terms, clearly explained for any student to learn and understand. Then each chapter tackles a different issue, outlining its scientific concepts and relating it to our health, with case studies or scenarios to bring the concepts to life. Lastly, the chapters conclude with thought-provoking questions.

The authors also provide solutions to control the factors that harm our health, making this handbook a valuable resource for any student, library, or one interested in the dangers of environmental health.

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With environmental issues such as global warming, pollution, and diseases spread by vectors and contaminated food in the news, people need information about the effects of these problems. This book offers an overview of the major fields that compose this discipline. The introduction defines environmental health, its concerns, and the consequences of contamination. The rest of the book covers specific areas of environmental health: ecology, toxicology, epidemiology, food-borne disease, vector-borne disease, air quality, water quality, radiation, and occupational health.
Each chapter begins with a vignette illustrating a problem, followed by key concepts of the topic, discussion questions, and a bibliography. The book is aimed at health-care professionals who may encounter conditions caused by environmental contamination, but students and those interested in the subject will find it useful. A background in basic science and mathematics will be necessary to use the information effectively. Recommended for large public and academic libraries.
American Reference Books Annual
Modern chemicals and technology support living in the contemporary society. These same substances also make people ill, damage plants and animals, and affect our environment. Written in plain English, this handbook is a comprehensive source on everyday environmental health issues. It uses language for general readers, college students, environmental health practitioners, lawyers, public administrators, and regulators. When medical terms are introduced, the layperson’s equivalent is enclosed in parentheses, such as afebrile (not having a fever). Environmental factors rarely enter into the clinician's differential diagnosis (p. x). International in scope, authors describe ailments that originated in diverse locations, such as Queensland fever. They also focus upon the symptoms rather than the industrial cause: black lung is covered, but not the industry from which it is derived—coal mining. . . .This volume will prove useful to college students, environmental health practitioners, lawyers, public administrators, and regulators.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780810886858
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
03/16/2013
Pages:
424
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.40(d)

Meet the Author

Frank R. Spellman is the author or co-author of more than 70 books on the natural sciences, as well as environmental and health sciences. He has served as a consultant for the U.S. Department of Justice, a variety of law firms, and a number of non-governmental organizations on environmental issues and health-related matters. He is formerly an assistant professor of environmental health at Old Dominion University.

Melissa L. Stoudt is a radiation controls training instructor at an atomic power laboratory. Previously, she instructed students and officers of the US Navy in proper radiation controls and handling of radioactive material. She is coauthor of Nuclear Infrastructure Protection and Homeland Security (Scarecrow Press 2011).

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