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Environmental Health By Roger Bate

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Talks about the differences in health priorities that exist around the world, and cautions against the export of inappropriate attitudes from developed to less developed countries.

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Environmental Health: Third World Problems - First World Preoccupations by Roger Bate

This book underlines the differences in health priorities that exist around the world, and cautions against the export of inappropriate attitudes from developed to less developed countries. Case studies of malaria in South Africa and cholera and Peru show the fatal consequences of allowing western preoccupations with trivial risks (such as the cancer effects of pesticide residues in foods and chlorine compounds in water) to influence health policy in the third world. The western health paradox - we are healthier yet more concerned about our health - is described, and the sociological factors that explain the paradox are examined. We discover why people needlessly worry themselves to the point of illness. Numerous examples of western health concerns are shown to be folly or hugely exaggerated. Nitrates in drinking water, industrial use of organic chlorine (such as PVC and other plastics, pesticides, PCBs, Dioxin) and speculation about declining sperm counts are systematically exposed. Perhaps worst of all, measures prompted by concerns for public safety may be making us less safe. Food poisoning incidents appear to be increasing and much of the blame can be laid at the door of excessive government nannying. This book provides an up-to-date discussion of current issues surrounding health.

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'A fascinating book, this brings a healthy breeze of scepticism and constructive criticism to the inappropriate attitudes and facile judgments which frequently blight the completion of practical aid programmes initiated by developed western countries for less developed countries.' OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY 'Open this book once...that new paperback thriller will go on hold til you close it at page 234.' OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY 'Next time you see a new alarmist health headline have a look at Environmental Health. You are likely to find evidence to reassure you.' SAGA MAGAZINE

Table of Contents


Executive summary; Malaria and DDT; cholera and chlorine; sociology of health panics; ecological risk - actual and hypothetical; food scares; nitrates; the end of chlorine; natural organochlorines; nature's hormone factory; sperm counts; commentary; index.

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GOR002747938
Environmental Health: Third World Problems - First World Preoccupations by Roger Bate
Roger Bate
Used - Very Good
Hardback
Elsevier Science & Technology
1999-01-25
236
0750642238
9780750642231
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