Particles in Our Air: Exposures and Health Effects by John Daniel SpenglerParticles in Our Air: Exposures and Health Effects by John Daniel Spengler

Particles in Our Air: Exposures and Health Effects

EditorJohn Daniel Spengler, Richard Wilson

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It is no secret that the burning of fossil fuels causes air pollution and adversely affects the health of the human population. Over the last 10 years, research has been providing new insight about the health consequences of particulate air pollution. Generated by the use of fossil energy, respirable-sized particles pose a major threat to our environment and health. In this book the hypothesis that fossil fuels are the primary culprit is examined in detail, including the nature, generation, and transport of particulate air pollution. The authors cite studies on animals and epidemiological studies--those showing acute effects soon after exposure and those exhibiting chronic effects decades later--and include models describing mechanisms by which the effects of fine particulates can be induced. Through its probing inquiry, this book makes clear that present levels of air pollution, even in countries with aggressive environmental controls, are a health hazard that must be contended with.

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John Spengler is Professor of Environmental Health at Harvard University.

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Title:Particles in Our Air: Exposures and Health EffectsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:265 pages, 9.02 × 5.98 × 0.03 inPublisher:Harvard

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ISBN - 10:0674240774

ISBN - 13:9780674240773

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Table of Contents

The Authors

Preface Joseph Brain

1. Introduction Richard Wilson

2. Physico-Chemical Properties and Measurement of Ambient Particles Petros Koutrakis and Constantinos Sioutas

3. Emissions, Dispersion, and Concentration of Particles John Spengler and Richard Wilson

4. The Role of Outdoor Particulate Matter in Assessing Total Human ExposureHaluk Özkaynak and John Spengler

5. Animal Toxicology Mary Amdur

6. Epidemiology of Acute Health Effects: Summary of Time-Series Studies Douglas Dockery and Arden Pope

7. Epidemiology of Chronic Health Effects: Cross-Sectional StudiesArden Pope and Douglas Dockery

8. Airborne Particles and Respiratory Disease: Clinical and Pathogenetic Considerations Mark Utell and Jonathan Samet

9. Modeling of Mr Pollution Impacts: One Possible Explanation of the Observed Chronic Mortality John Evans and Scott Wolff

10. Conclusion: Policy Implications: The National Dilemma Richard Wilson and John Spengler

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This edited volume on the health effects of air contaminants reflects the combined wisdom of twelve prominent academics...For those involved in air quality research or management, or for those teaching air quality measurement in the classroom, this is an essential book...It is a good high-level textbook, inexpensive and well-presented.Particles in Our Air provides a timely and authoritative discussion of what is potentially the most serious pollution problem confronting us at the close of the twentieth century. The book discusses in detail the types, source, characterization, and measurement of airborne particles, the evidence linking such particles to the causation of various diseases, and the implications of data suggesting that existing concentrations of the particles may cause up to 60,000 deaths per year in the U.S. In view of the growing national and international concern about the impacts of airborne particles on human health, this volume should be of interest to a wide readership and should constitute an invaluable source book for health professionals, environmentalists, and others working in the field.