Medicine And Books

Our Stolen Future

BMJ 1997; 314 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.314.7092.1493 (Published 17 May 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:1493
  1. Tim Key, research scientist
  1. Imperial Cancer Research Fund, Oxford

    Theo Colborn, Dianne Dumanoski, John Peterson Myers / Abacus, £7.99, pp 306 / ISBN 0 349 10878 1

    Chemical pollutants with oestrogenic effects might threaten the survival of our species. This is an extreme view, but the questions raised in this book are important and need to be answered.

    The story begins with early reports of reproductive problems in animals — sterility in bald eagles in the 1950s, reproductive failure in mink in the 1960s, and same sex pairings of gulls in the 1970s. Various explanations were offered …

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