Environmentally Induced Illnesses

Environmentally Induced Illnesses

Ethics, Risk Assessment, and Human Rights

Book - 2001
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Readers drawn to Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring, Laurie Garrett's The Coming Plague, or Theo Colburn’s Our Stolen Future will appreciate this work by Thomas Kerns as well. The growing epidemics of chemically induced illnesses from long-term, low-dose exposure to toxicants in both developed and developing nations are being studied by serious researchers. Questions are being raised as to how societies will deal with these new problems. Kerns’s book is the first to directly address the ethical dimension of managing environmental health and ubiquitous toxicants (such as solvents, pesticides, and artificial fragrances). The work includes recent medical literature on chronic health effects from exposure to toxicants and the social costs of these disorders; relevant historic and human rights documents; recommendations for public policy and legislation; and primary obstacles faced by public health advocates. College instructors and students, victims of chemical sensitivity disorders, public health workers, scientists, and policymakers who are interested in the challenge of these emerging epidemics will find Kerns’s text highly informative.

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Drawing from medical research on toxicants, literature calculating the social costs of their use, historic sources, and human rights documents, this book addresses the ethical issues surrounding ubiquitous toxicants and environmental health. Kerns (a professor of medical ethics and philosophy) presents the relevant data, outlines basic ethical principles, offers recommendations for public policy, and describes the obstacles faced by public health advocates. Appendixes include the North Seattle Community College Indoor Air Quality Policy, the Nuremberg Code, ethical guidelines for research involving human subjects, the Draft Declaration of Principles on Human Rights and the Environment, the Charter on Industrial Hazards and Human Rights, and a list of 20 common chemicals found in 31 fragrance products. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Publisher: Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland, c2001
ISBN: 9780786408276
Characteristics: ix, 294 p. ; 23 cm


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