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Description - When Smoke Ran Like Water by Devra Davis

In When Smoke Ran Like Water , the world-renowned epidemiologist Devra Davis confronts the public triumphs and private failures of her lifelong battle against environmental pollution. She documents the shocking toll of a public-health disaster-300,000 deaths a year in the U.S. and Europe from the effects of pollution-and asks why we remain silent. For Davis, the issue is personal: Pollution is what killed many in her family and forced some of the others, survivors of the 1948 smog emergency in Donora, Pennsylvania, to live out their lives with impaired health. She describes that episode and also makes startling revelations about how the deaths from the London smog of 1952 were falsely attributed to influenza how the oil companies and auto manufacturers fought for decades to keep lead in gasoline, while knowing it caused brain damage and many other battles. When Smoke Ran Like Water makes a devastating case for change.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780465015221
ISBN-10: 0465015220
Format: Paperback
(203mm x 137mm x 25mm)
Pages: 352
Imprint: Basic Books
Publisher: The Perseus Books Group
Publish Date: 4-Dec-2003
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Devra Davis

Devra Davis, Ph.D., M.P.H., is the Director of the centre for Environmental Oncology at the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute and Professor of Epidemiology, Graduate School of Public Health. She was appointed by President Clinton to the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board in 1994 and also served as Scholar in Residence at the National Academy of Science. She works in Pittsburgh, and lives in Washington, D.C. She is married to Richard D. Morgenstern and has two children and two grandchildren.