Academic journal article Canadian Journal of Public Health

Child Health and the Environment

Academic journal article Canadian Journal of Public Health

Child Health and the Environment

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Child Health and the Environment Donald T. Wigle, New York: Oxford University Press, 2003; 396 pages, $55.00 US (hardcover), ISBN: 0-19-5135590-8

Child Health and the Environment is a valuable book to raise awareness of threats to fetal, infant, and child health from anthropogenic factors in the environment. The first three chapters present an overview of environmental threats, epidemiology, and risk assessment. The remaining chapters are organized according to specific environmental threats suspected or known to influence reproductive, developmental, neurobehavioural, and cancer outcomes. The author includes metals, PCBs, pesticides, radiation, and air and water quality. Chapter 8 focusses specifically on hormonally active agents. For each environmental threat, the author presents evidence of risk of exposure, health effects, and risk management issues.

The book provides a number of good tables, references and resources related to health and toxic chemicals, which will make it a valuable resource guide. The specific focus on hormonally active agents is especially valuable given the emergence of health effects related to these toxic chemicals. Considerable evidence presented in the book is extrapolated from studies of adults which points out the need for further investigations into environmental threats to child health. …

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