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Main Title Toxic truth : a scientist, a doctor, and the battle over lead /
Author Denworth, Lydia,
Publisher Beacon Press,
Year Published 2008
OCLC Number 227574591
ISBN 9780807000328; 0807000329
Subjects Lead--Toxicology--United States--History ; Lead poisoning in children--United States--History ; Lead based paint--Toxicology--United States--History ; Lead abatement--Law and legislation--United States--History ; Lead Poisoning, Nervous System, Childhood--history ; Lead Poisoning, Nervous System, Childhood--prevention & control ; Public Health--legislation & jurisprudence ; Lead Poisoning, Nervous System, Childhood--history--United States ; Lead Poisoning, Nervous System, Childhood--prevention & control--United States ; Public Health--legislation & jurisprudence--United States
Additional Subjects Patterson, Clair C ; Needleman, Herbert L,--1927- ; Patterson, Clair C ; Needleman, Herbert L,--1927-
Library Call Number Additional Info Location Last
EIAM  RA1231.L4D46 2008 Region 2 Library/New York,NY 12/21/2009 STATUS
ERAM  RA1231.L4 D46 2008 Region 9 Library/San Francisco,CA 10/29/2012
Collation xx, 249 pages ; 24 cm
Includes bibliographical references (pages 215-227) and index.
Contents Notes
The story of the bitter thirty-year fight to protect children from lead. Clair Patterson, a geochemist, traveled worldwide to measure the composition of rock, ice, and rain. Herbert Needleman, a psychiatrist, measured children's performance in poor urban schools. By the 1960s and 1970s their work revealed that mankind was filling the world with lead, a toxic substance that was doing irreparable harm to children. Patterson and Needleman's discoveries and their willingness to take on the lead industry helped bring about the banning of lead from paint, gasoline, and food packaging, beginning in the late 1970s. Journalist Lydia Denworth also documents the lead industry's well-funded efforts to discredit and silence them. By the 1990s the average American's lead level had dropped 90 percent, an achievement that ranks as one of the great public health success stories of the twentieth century, and redefined how we conceive of disease, contaminants, and public safety.--From publisher description. Every conceivable source -- The faces of the children -- That nut at Caltech -- Proof of principle -- A majority of one -- Reluctant to relent -- What have we done? -- A professional death sentence.