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Toxic Truth

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Toxic Truth by Lydia Denworth
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Jul 19, 2018 | ISBN 9780807000335

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Before most Americans had given a thought to lead poisoning, a geochemist named Clair Patterson and a passionate doctor, Herb Needleman, were learning just how widespread it was, and how damaging. Their work set the framework for the future examination of man-made toxins, and their scientific and political struggles for the truth set a pattern for future battles between industry and advocates over the significance of toxics. With plenty of gritty details, Lydia Denworth tells the story of these two giant lead-killers, shedding light on the foundations of a key issue in public policy.—Arthur Allen, author of Vaccine: The Controversial Story of Medicine’s Greatest Lifesaver

Toxic Truth is a compelling and forceful portrayal of the lives and pain of these two remarkable scientific pioneers. An impressively researched and well-documented book, it is an astonishing chronicle of one of the most insidious and avoidable health problems of our time.” —Dr. Devra Davis, author of When Smoke Ran Like Water: Tales of Environmental Deception and the Battle against Pollution

“In Toxic Truth, Lydia Denworth has pulled off a rare feat: she’s written a true page-turner, animated by a fascinating medical mystery, that’s also a nuanced and immensely thoughtful look at how good ideas can overthrow orthodoxy—and ultimately make the world a better place.”—Steven Johnson, author of The Ghost Map: The Story of London’s Most Terrifying Epidemic—and How It Changed Science, Cities, and the Modern World

“The ‘unearthing’ of the problem of children’s injury from environmental lead, by intrepid researchers such as Needleman and Patterson, makes for an intriguing chronicle. The pitfalls and challenges they encountered at every step, their persistence in the face of extraordinary attacks, are instructive for others who pursue the truth with the courage of their convictions.”—Dr. Alan Woolf, Director, Pediatric Environmental Health Center at Children’s Hospital, Boston, and Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School

Toxic Truth is an engrossing and inspiring story of how two courageous men shone the clear light of science on industry’s effort to conceal the harm to our children—and to all of us—by lead in the environment.”—Philip and Alice Shabecoff, authors of Poisoned Profits: The Toxic Assault on Our Children

Table Of Contents


Every Conceivable Source

The Faces of the Children

That Nut at Caltech

Proof of Principle

A Majority of One

Reluctant to Relent

What Have We Done?

A Professional Death Sentence


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