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Only One Chance: How Environmental Pollution Impairs Brain Development -- and How to Protect the Brains of the Next Generation

Philippe Grandjean


One of every six children suffers from some form of neurodevelopmental abnormality, mostly of unknown causes. Environmental pollution is known or suspected of causing damage to brain development, but few chemicals have been tested for such effects. Yet, we ignore this problem and naively assume that lack of evidence means no risk. The brain is our most complex organ, and its complicated development is uniquely sensitive to toxic effects caused by industrial chemicals. Because we rely on the full function of the entire brain, even small deficits may negatively impact our brain functions, academ ... More

Keywords: Brain development, Environmental pollution, Industrial chemicals, Metals, Pesticides, Susceptibility, Toxicity testing, Toxic effects, Vested interests

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199985388
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199985388.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Philippe Grandjean, author
Department of Environmental Health, Harvard School of Public Health