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Banned: A History of Pesticides and the Science of Toxicology

Frederick Rowe Davis

Abstract

Rachel Carson's eloquent book Silent Spring stands as one of the most important books of the twentieth century and inspired important and long-lasting changes in environmental science and government policy. This text sets Carson's study in the context of the twentieth century, reconsiders her achievement, and analyzes its legacy in light of toxic chemical use and regulation today. The book examines the history of pesticide development alongside the evolution of the science of toxicology and tracks legislation governing exposure to chemicals across the twentieth century. It affirms the brillian ... More

Keywords: Rachel Carson, Silent Spring, environmental science, government policy, toxic chemical use, DDT

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780300205176
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: May 2015 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300205176.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Frederick Rowe Davis, author
Florida State University