Policymakers, health professionals, and the general public face growing concerns about environmental matters, particularly those related to "toxic" chemicals and their effects on public health. Toxic Risks: Science, Regulation, and Perception explores the political, popular, and regulatory aspects of toxicity and contrasts them with scientifically established facts. The book will be valuable for industrial hygienists, toxicologists, environmental scientists, occupational medicine physicians, family physicians, environmental consultants, government policymakers, and individuals interested in the effects of toxic chemicals on public health.
Table of Contents
Toxic Fears: A Case Study. Science and the Pursuit of Biological Truths. The Scientific Method. Principles of Toxicology. Epidemiology: Its Application to Environmental Toxicology. Early Days of Environmental Concerns. Cancer as a Catalyst: Scientists, the Media and Zealotry. Environmental Chemicals: Common Beliefs vs. Scientific Knowledge. The Rise of Toxin-Related Regulation. Quantitative Risk Assessment: An Attempt to Link Science to Cancer Policy. Litigation. Dioxins and Agent Orange. Sick Buildings. Asbestos. Lead. Agricultural Chemicals and Cancer: The Case of Alar. The Balance between Risk and Reason.