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Environmental Health: Third World Problems - First World Preoccupations
     

Environmental Health: Third World Problems - First World Preoccupations

by Roger Bate, Lorraine Mooney (Editor)
 

This book underlines the differences in health priorities that exist around the world, and cautions against the export of inappropriate attitudes from developed to less developed countries.

Case studies of malaria in South Africa and cholera and Peru show the fatal consequences of allowing western preoccupations with trivial risks (such as the cancer effects of

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This book underlines the differences in health priorities that exist around the world, and cautions against the export of inappropriate attitudes from developed to less developed countries.

Case studies of malaria in South Africa and cholera and Peru show the fatal consequences of allowing western preoccupations with trivial risks (such as the cancer effects of pesticide residues in foods and chlorine compounds in water) to influence health policy in the third world.

The western health paradox - we are healthier yet more concerned about our health - is described, and the sociological factors that explain the paradox are examined. We discover why people needlessly worry themselves to the point of illness.

Numerous examples of western health concerns are shown to be folly or hugely exaggerated. Nitrates in drinking water, industrial use of organic chlorine (such as PVC and other plastics, pesticides, PCBs, Dioxin) and speculation about declining sperm counts are systematically exposed. Perhaps worst of all, measures prompted by concerns for public safety may be making us less safe. Food poisoning incidents appear to be increasing and much of the blame can be laid at the door of excessive government nannying.

Up-to-date discussion of current issues surrounding health
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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
'A fascinating book, this brings a healthy breeze of scepticism and constructive criticism to the inappropriate attitudes and facile judgments which frequently blight the completion of practical aid programmes initiated by developed western countries for less developed countries.'
OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY

'Open this book once.....that new paperback thriller will go on hold til you close it at page 234.'
OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY
'Next time you see a new alarmist health headline have a look at Environmental Health. You are likely to find evidence to reassure you.'
SAGA MAGAZINE

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780750642231
Publisher:
Elsevier Science
Publication date:
03/09/1999
Pages:
236
Product dimensions:
0.69(w) x 6.14(h) x 9.21(d)

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