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Pandora's Poison
by Joe Thornton
The Mit Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts / London, England,
2000, $24.95/�16.95 pb

Pandora's Poison presents a solution to one of the most insidious environmental problems of our time: the global build-up of toxic chemicals. ... more

The Feminization of Nature
by Deborah Cadbury
Hamish Hamilton, London, 1997

This is science journalism of a high order. It is also a detective story that needs telling. Twenty-five years ago a young Danish scientist, Niels Skakkebaek, came across the first clue that something was going very wrong with male reproductive health. He found strange �empty cells� in the tissues of the testes of infertile men that had never been seen before. ... more

Preventing Breast Cancer
by Dr Cathy Read
Pandora, London, 1995

Over half a million women worldwide die of breast cancer each yearThis toll has crept up gradually since the early 1950s and is now of epidemic proportions, especially in Europe and North America where more than half the 900,000 women diagnosed with the disease live. Cathy Read's book is indicative of women's fight back against what seems to be an inexorable disease. ... more

Living Downstream
by Sandra Steingraber
Perseus Books (Addison-Wesley), Reading MA, 1997
US$ 24.00 hb

The World Health Organisation has concluded that 80 per cent of cancer can be attributed to environmental factors. This alarming statistic begs a book like Living Downstream and author, Sandra Steingraber, a biologist, poet and cancer survivor, offers a convincing argument linking certain cancers to environmental contamination. ... more

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