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Inevitably toxic : historical perspectives on contamination, exposure, and expertise

Author: Brinda Sarathy; Vivien Hamilton; Janet Farrell Brodie
Publisher: Pittsburgh, Pa. : University of Pittsburgh Press, [2018]
Series: Intersections (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Not a day goes by that humans aren't exposed to toxins in our environment--be it at home, in the car, or workplace. But what about those toxic places and items that aren't marked? Why are we warned about some toxic spaces' substances and not others? The essays in Inevitably Toxic consider the exposure of bodies in the United States, Canada and Japan to radiation, industrial waste, and pesticides. Research shows  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Brinda Sarathy; Vivien Hamilton; Janet Farrell Brodie
ISBN: 9780822945314 0822945312 9780822966128 0822966123
OCLC Number: 1056710622
Description: x, 317 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction : Toxicity, Uncertainty, and Expertise / Vivien Hamilton and Brinda Sarathy --
Part One. Radiation. X-ray Protection in American Hospitals / Vivien Hamilton --
Contested Knowledge : the Trinity Test Radiation Studies / Janet Farrell Brodie --
Crossroads in San Francisco : the Naval Radiological Defense Laboratory and Its Afterlives / Lindsey Dillon --
Born Opaque : Investigating the Nuclear Accident at the Santa Susana Field Laboratory / William Palmer --
Part Two. Industrial Toxins. Making Way for Industrial Waste : Water Pollution Control in Southern California, 1947-1955 / Brinda Sarathy --
Processing the Past into Your Future : Uncovering the Hidden Consequences of Industrial Development in the West Texas Petrochemical Industry / Sarah Stanford-McIntyre --
Vast, Incredible Damage : Herbicides and the U.S. Forest Service / James G. Lewis and Char Miller --
Neighborhood Oil Drilling and Environmental Justice in Los Angeles / Bhavna Shamasunder --
Part Three. Community Contestation, Expanding Expertise. Atomic Bomb Survivors, Medical Experts, and the Endlessness of Radiation Illness / Naoko Wake --
On Sovereignty, Deficits, and Dump Fires : Risk Governance in an Arctic "Dumpcano" / Alexander Zahara --
Epilogue. Containment : Discussing Nuclear Waste with Peter Galison / Interview by Vivien Hamilton and Brinda Sarathy.
Series Title: Intersections (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
Responsibility: edited by Brinda Sarathy, Vivien Hamilton, and Janet Farrell Brodie.

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