Chemical Contamination in the Human Environment

edited by M. Lippmann and R. B. Schlesinger. vii + 456 pages, illustrated. Oxford University Press, 200 Madison Avenue, New York, N.Y. 10016. 1979 Cloth. $21.95; paper, $11.95

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  • Division of Environmental Health Engineering Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland 21205

The authors are acknowledged leaders nationally in air science. The balance of the presentation of materials in the book should leave little doubt to the reader of their background. Presented in the book are their perspectives on chemical contaminants found in the environment with a focus on the potential of these contaminants for effects on human health and welfare.

This book was written as a text for an introductory graduate course in environmental science for students of the Graduate School of Arts and Science of New York University. The level of the subjects covered makes this book also suitable for advanced undergraduate students.

The meat of the book starts with the third chapter. It is preceded by a very broad treatment of a historical perspective and the authors' characterization of contaminants, environments and health, disease and disability. Pollutants in air and their control are expertly treated, and in considerable detail.