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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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PCBs: Another Global Pollutant

PCBs: Another Global Pollutant

(p.78) Chapter 3 PCBs: Another Global Pollutant
Silent Scourge

Moore Colleen F.

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the negative effects of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and related chemicals on children's development. It provides some background on PCBs and discusses the study conducted in the U.S. which led to recommendations that children and women of child-bearing age should limit consumption of Great Lakes fish. The first human PCB exposure was reported in 1899, where the subject developed an acne-like skin disease called chloracne. This chapter provides tips for reducing exposure to PCBs and for preventing further dispersal or spread of PCBs in the environment.

Keywords:   PCBs, child development, Great Lakes fish, chloracne, United States, chemicals

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