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Product Details

  • Paperback: 328 pages
  • Publisher: The MIT Press; 1 edition (Aug. 16 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0262632578
  • ISBN-13: 978-0262632577
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.8 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 544 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #421,522 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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...presents the evidence that humans, through our own actions, now threaten the global environment that we all need to survive.

(James E. Cone, M.D. JAMA)

This book does much to focus attention on some immediate threats to ecosystem and human health, an excellent reference.

(Joseph Grzymski Nature Medicine)

In Life Support, Michael McCally and 26 medical colleagues shine a spotlight on the often neglected but crucial connections between human and environmental health. Addressing topics as diverse as air and water pollution, climate change, cancer, emergent diseases, and the impacts of warfare, these experts show the multiple dimensions in which a healthy environment supports human well-being -- our life-support system indeed. This book should be required reading for both medical professionals and environmentalists.

(Anne H. Ehrlich, Department of Biological Sciences, Stanford University)

Life Support presents the most pervasive and challenging environmental health problems of our times. The blend of cross-cutting concepts such as the precautionary principle, risk assessment, vulnerability, and equity, with the persistent and emerging global health threats of climate change, transboundary pollution, and biodiversity loss gives the book its uniqueness. Taken as a whole, it offers a starkly realistic view of the state of our world upon which our health depends, and offers a guidepost for achieving solutions.

(Jonathan Patz, Johns Hopkins University, Bloomberg School of Public Health)

About the Author

Michael McCally is Professor, Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, School of Medicine, Oregon Health and Sciences University, Portland.

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At least since the time of Hippocrates's essay "Air, Water, Places," humans have been aware of the many connections between health and the environment. Read the first page
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Textbook Sept. 30 2013
By Lydia Ipswitch - Published on
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I bought this book as a textbook for a class I was taking on environmental and consumer health. This is a shocking book and truth be told, I was frightened by some of the facts and chapters in this book. It is a great book however, and I will keep it as a reference guide for later on in life. I was able to use it as a reference for other classes and class projects.
OK book April 5 2013
By TINA - Published on
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I bought it for my environment class because my teacher selected this book,
However it is old 1999 and doesnt go along with teacher lectures.

i wouldnt by this book againg