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Main Title Lead wars : the politics of science and the fate of America's children /
Author Markowitz, Gerald E.
Other Authors
Author Title of a Work
Rosner, David,
Publisher University of California Press ; Milbank Memorial Fund,
Year Published 2013
OCLC Number 814440843
ISBN 9780520273252; 0520273257
Subjects Lead poisoning--United States--History ; Lead poisoning in children--United States ; Lead poisoning in children--Prevention--Government policy--United States ; Blei ; Gesundheitspolitik ; Kind ; Umweltbelastung ; Vergiftung ; USA ; Lead Poisoning--history ; Public Health--history ; History, 20th Century ; Environmental Exposure ; Politics ; Lead Poisoning--history--United States ; Child--United States ; Environmental Exposure--United States ; History, 20th Century--United States ; Politics--United States ; Public Health--history--United States
Library Call Number Additional Info Location Last
EIAM  RA1231.L4M365 2013 Region 2 Library/New York,NY 07/15/2013
EJAM  RA1231.L4M365 2013 2 cys Region 3 Library/Philadelphia, PA 05/27/2016
EOAM  RA1231.L4M365 2013 Region 8 Technical Library/Denver,CO 09/30/2013
ERAM  RA1231.L4M365 2013 Region 9 Library/San Francisco,CA 04/28/2016
ESAM  RA1231.L4M365 2013 Region 10 Library/Seattle,WA 07/29/2013
Collation xxii, 298 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Notes
From personal tragedy to public health crisis -- Peeling the onion : new layers of the lead problem -- The contentious meaning of low-level exposures -- The rise of public health pragmatism -- Controlled poison -- Research on trial -- Lead poisoning and the courts -- A plague on all our houses. In this incisive examination of lead poisoning during the past half century, Gerald Markowitz and David Rosner focus on one of the most contentious and bitter battles in the history of public health. Lead Wars details how the nature of the epidemic has changed and highlights the dilemmas public health agencies face today in terms of prevention strategies and chronic illness linked to low levels of toxic exposure. The authors use the opinion by Maryland's Court of Appeals--which considered whether researchers at Johns Hopkins University's prestigious Kennedy Krieger Institute (KKI) engaged in unethical research on 108 African-American children--as a springboard to ask fundamental questions about the practice and future of public health. Lead Wars chronicles the obstacles faced by public health workers in the conservative, pro-business, anti-regulatory climate that took off in the Reagan years and that stymied efforts to eliminate lead from the environments and the bodies of American children.