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When Smoke Ran Like Water: Tales of Environmental Deception and the Battle Against Pollution

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: (Published 22 February 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:452
  1. Bert Brunekreef, professor of environmental epidemiology (
  1. Institute for Risk Assessment Sciences, Utrecht University, the Netherlands

    Devra Davis

    The Perseus Press, £14.99, pp 316

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    ISBN 1 903985 50 1

    This book begins by describing the air pollution disasters that occurred in Donora, Pennsylvania, in 1948 and in London in 1952, along with accounts of the health effects of more current conditions. Then follows a look at scientific uncertainties in the environmental health field, and how commercial interests sometimes exploit these to postpone or derail environmental regulations. There are chapters on breast cancer and male reproductive health in relation to environmental factors, and a look at environmental health problems in developing countries and …

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