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Illness and the Environment : A Reader in Contested Medicine - Steve Kroll-Smith

Illness and the Environment

A Reader in Contested Medicine

By: Steve Kroll-Smith (Editor), Philip M. Brown (Editor), Valerie Gunter (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 1st August 2000
ISBN: 9780814747285
Number Of Pages: 464

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In myriad ways, humans have gradually tailored their world to meet immediate material needs. In so doing, we have, in the minds of many, systematically altered a formerly hospitable environment into one more ambiguous in its effect on the human organism. Just as environments have adapted in response to human activity, so too is the human body now, in turn, forced to adapt to these altered conditions. Today, mysterious illnesses, from chronic fatigue to Gulf War Syndrome, meet us at every turn. Yet even as an increasing number of people attribute ailments to environmental problems, the suspected relationships between illness and environment remain unclear.

Illness and the Environment examines how sick people and their allies struggle to achieve public recognition of somatic complaints and disabilities that they contend are related to "manufactured environments." The first of its kind, the anthology considers the political, legal, and medical conflicts arising from these illnesses, and will prove invaluable to researchers, scholars, public policy makers, trial attorneys, and activist organizations.

Prefacep. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Introduction: Environments and Diseases in a Postnatural Worldp. 1
Setting the Stage
Knowledge, Citizens, and Organizations: An Overview of Environments, Diseases, and Social Conflictp. 9
Environments and Diseases: Professional Boundaries and the Problem of Knowing
Limits of Epidemiologyp. 29
Physicians' Knowledge, Attitudes, and Practice Regarding Environmental Health Hazardsp. 46
Environmental Illness as a Practical Epistemology and a Source of Professional Confusionp. 72
Measurement Disputes and Health Policy
Environmental Endocrine Hypothesis and Public Policyp. 95
Who Cares If the Rat Dies? Rodents, Risks, and Humans in the Science of Food Safetyp. 108
Threshold Limit Values: Historical Perspectives and Current Practicep. 120
Threshold Limit Values in the 1990s and Beyond: A Follow-Upp. 135
Toxins in the Workplace
An Axe to Grind: Class Relations and Silicosis in a 19th-Century Factoryp. 145
From Dust to Dust: The Birth and Re-Birth of National Concern about Silicosisp. 162
Farmworker and Farmer Perceptions of Farmworker Agricultural Chemical Exposure in North Carolinap. 175
Competing Conceptions of Safety: High-Risk Workers or High-Risk Work?p. 192
Toxins in the Community
Pollution, Politics, and Uncertainty: Environmental Epidemiology in North-East Englandp. 217
Round and Round It Goes: The Epidemiology of Childhood Lead Poisoning, 1950-1990p. 235
Lead Contamination in the 1990s and Beyond: A Follow-Upp. 258
Suffering, Legitimacy, and Healing: The Bhopal Case, Critical Eventsp. 270
Living with Environments and Contested Diseases
Timep. 289
A Cancer Deathp. 308
Notes from a Human Canaryp. 333
Citizen Responses to Contested Medicine
Reframing Endometriosis: From "Career Woman's Disease" to Environment/Body Connectionsp. 345
Popular Epidemiology and Toxic Waste Contamination: Lay and Professional Ways of Knowingp. 364
Environmental Movements and Expert Knowledge: Evidence for a New Populismp. 384
Setting the Environmental Health Agenda
Competing Paradigms in the Assessment of Latent Disorders: The Case of Agent Orangep. 409
Environmental Politics and Science: The Case of PBB Contamination in Michiganp. 430
Environmental Health Research: Setting an Agenda by Spinning Our Wheels or Climbing the Mountain?p. 453
Contributorsp. 473
Indexp. 475
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ISBN: 9780814747285
ISBN-10: 0814747280
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 464
Published: 1st August 2000
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 25.4 x 17.78  x 2.69
Weight (kg): 1.06

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