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Prologue

Moore Colleen F.

in Silent Scourge

Published in print May 2003 | ISBN: 9780195153910
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199846986 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195153910.003.0001
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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

Chapter.  4282 words. 

Subjects: Psychology

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