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Silent ScourgeChildren, Pollution, and Why Scientists Disagree$
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Colleen F. Moore

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780195153910

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195153910.001.0001

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(p.3) Prologue
Silent Scourge

Moore Colleen F.

Oxford University Press

This chapter explains the objective of this book, which is to review some of the best science on how pollution affects the quality of children's lives, particularly intellectual functioning, behaviour, and emotional states. This book argues that a body count of deaths of cancer is not needed to conclude that a category of pollution has serious developmental effects. It analyses different types of pollutants including lead, mercury, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), and organophosphorus and carbamate pesticides.

Keywords:   pollution, children, intellectual functioning, emotional states, behaviour, lead, mercury, PCBs, organophosphorus pesticides, carbamate pesticides

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