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Fake Silk: The Lethal History of Viscose Rayon

Paul David Blanc

Abstract

When a new technology makes people ill, how high does the body count have to be before protectives steps are taken? This disturbing book tells a dark story of hazardous manufacturing, poisonous materials, environmental abuses, political machinations, and economics trumping safety concerns. It explores the century-long history of “fake silk” or cellulose viscose, used to produce such products as rayon textiles and tires, cellophane, and everyday kitchen sponges. The book uncovers the grim history of a product that crippled and even served a death sentence to many industry workers while also rel ... More

Keywords: fake silk, cellulose, viscose rayon, cellophane, carbon disulfide, hazardous manufacturing, viscose rayon industry

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780300204667
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: May 2017 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300204667.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Paul David Blanc, author
University of California, San Francisco

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