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Pandora's Poison: Chlorine, Health and a New Environmental Strategy

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.322.7284.497 (Published 24 February 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:497
  1. Joe Thornton,
  2. Donald Campbell, public health medicine specialist
  1. Public Health Protection, Auckland Healthcare, New Zealand

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    MIT Press, £23.50, pp 596 ISBN 0 262 20124 0

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    Since the publication of Rachel Carson's Silent Spring in 1962, the role of organochlorines in infertility, immune suppression, cancer, and developmental disorders in humans and wildlife has been argued among environmentalists, epidemiologists, and toxicologists. These conflicts were accentuated by the controversy surrounding the land disposal of waste at Love Canal, Niagara Falls, in the United States.

    Some of the debate has centred around the role of risk assessment. Decision makers want estimates …

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