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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)

Paperback Published: 1st August 2000
ISBN: 9780814747292
Number Of Pages: 464
For Ages: 1 - 17 years old

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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.

ISBN: 9780814747292
ISBN-10: 0814747299
Audience: General
For Ages: 1 - 17 years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 464
Published: 1st August 2000
Publisher: New York University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 25.4 x 17.81  x 2.52
Weight (kg): 0.84