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Killer commodities : consumer products and public health

Author: Merrill Singer; Hans A Baer
Publisher: Lanham, Md. : Altamira Press, [2008] ©2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English
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Killer Commodities addresses the impact of harmful products on consumers throughout the world. These case studies highlight the processes of production and marketing of these products, as well as the  Read more...

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Merrill Singer; Hans A Baer
ISBN: 9780759109797 0759109796 9780759109780 0759109788
OCLC Number: 1037772943
Description: x, 428 pages.
Contents: Chapter 1 Introduction: Hidden Harm: The Complex World of Killer Commodities Chapter 2 Stealthy Killers and Governing Mentalities: Chemicals in Consumer Products Chapter 3 Nothing to Play Around With: Dangerous Toys for Girls and Boys Chapter 4 The Environmental and Health Consequences of Motor Vehicles: A Case Study in Capitalist Technological Hegemony and Grass-Roots Responses to It Chapter 5 Lay Me Down to Sleep: SIDS, Suffocation, and the Selling of Risk Reduction Chapter 6 Melanoma Whitewash: Millions at Risk of Injury or Death because of Sunscreen Deceptions Chapter 7 Building with Poison: Toxicity and CCA-treated Lumber Chapter 8 U.S. Health Care: Commodification Kills Chapter 9 Silicone Seduction: Are Cosmetic Breast Implants Killer Commodities? Chapter 10 Selling Sickness/Creating Demand: Direct-to-Consumer Advertising of Prescription Drugs Chapter 11 Deadly Embrace: Psychoactive Medication, Psychiatry, and the Pharmaceutical Industry Chapter 12 A Guinea Pig's Wage: Risk and Commoditization in Pharmaceutical Research in America Chapter 13 Corrosion in the System: The Community Health By-Products of Pharmaceutical Production in Northern Puerto Rico Chapter 14 Inverting the Killer Commodity Model: Withholding Medicines from the Poor Chapter 15 Conclusion: Killer Commodities and Society: Fighting for Change
Responsibility: edited by Merrill Singer and Hans Baer.

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