When Smoke Ran Like Water: Tales of Environmental Deception and the Battle Against Pollution

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Basic Books, 2003 - Business & Economics - 316 pages
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In When Smoke Ran Like Water, the world-renowned epidemiologist Devra Davis confronts the public triumphs and private failures of her lifelong battle against environmental pollution. She documents the shocking toll of a public-health disaster-300,000 deaths a year in the U.S. and Europe from the effects of pollution-and asks why we remain silent. For Davis, the issue is personal: Pollution is what killed many in her family and forced some of the others, survivors of the 1948 smog emergency in Donora, Pennsylvania, to live out their lives with impaired health. She describes that episode and also makes startling revelations about how the deaths from the London smog of 1952 were falsely attributed to influenza; how the oil companies and auto manufacturers fought for decades to keep lead in gasoline, while knowing it caused brain damage; and many other battles. When Smoke Ran Like Water makes a devastating case for change.
 

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Contents

Where I Come From
5
The Phantom Epidemic
31
How to Become a Statistic
55
How the Game Is Played
89
THE BEST OF INTENTIONS
123
Zones of Incomprehension
125
The New Sisterhood of Breast Cancer
159
Save the Males
193
THE VIEW FROM OUTSIDE
223
Earthquakes and Spouting Bowls
225
A Grand Experiment
247
Defiant Figures
273
Acknowledgments
283
Notes
287
Index
305
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Devra Davis, Ph.D., M.P.H., is the Director of the Center for Environmental Oncology at the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute and Professor of Epidemiology, Graduate School of Public Health. She was appointed by President Clinton to the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board in 1994 and also served as Scholar in Residence at the National Academy of Science. She works in Pittsburgh, and lives in Washington, D.C. She is married to Richard D. Morgenstern and has two children and two grandchildren.

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