It is time to dismiss calls to ban DDT

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.322.7287.676/b (Published 17 March 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:676
  1. Fredric M Steinberg (fmsteinberg@pol.net), chairman of board of directors
  1. American Council on Science and Health, 1995 Broadway Second Floor, New York, NY, 10023-5860, USA

    EDITOR—In his commentary in the ethical debate on banning DDT (dichlorodiphenyltrichloromethane) Liroff hides behind a veneer of reason in arguing to reduce its use carefully, but the final sentence exposes the essence of his priorities.1 He writes that we need “protection from both malaria and DDT,” which effectively equates a plague that has ravaged human populations throughout history2 with the theoretical risks touted by …

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