Academic journal article Electronic Green Journal

Review: Life Support: The Environment and Human Health

Academic journal article Electronic Green Journal

Review: Life Support: The Environment and Human Health

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Review: Life Support: The Environment and Human Health By Michael McCally (Ed.) Reviewed by M. Tayyeb Javed Islamabad, Pakistan Michael McCally (Ed.). Life Support: The Environment and Human Health. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2002. 312 pp. ISBN 0-262-13414-4 (paper). US$19.95

The world is facing environmental crises due to deterioration and degradation of our ecosystem by fast-growing industrialization and mobilization. The atmosphere is a dynamic system with no physical boundaries. It is the duty of every human being and nation to respond by undertaking measures to restore a health-friendly environment.

The reviewed book is an excellent collection of medical/health effects and plans for protection of the general public from the increasing environmental deterioration. It provides data and information useful to health professionals, environmentalists, engineers, decision makers, and citizens, as well as for the organizations and people responsible for generating harmful pollutants.

Twenty-seven professional and practicing physicians and environmental health experts wrote Life Support. Its 17 chapters, each dedicated to a specific environment and health concern, covered the full range of issues relating to the effects of the environment on human health.

The editor, Michael McCally, professor at the Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Oregon Health Sciences University of Portland, Oregon, arranged these articles by eminent authors in a very systematic order. …

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