Some books are a pleasure to review; others are a chore and a bore.
This one definitely belongs to the
latter category. It is an exposition of
the possible relationship to respiratory cancers of almost every manmade chemical effluent—identified
and nonidentified, singly and in unlimited mixtures—that has been
spewed into the atmosphere since
the beginning of the industrial revolution. Supported by 52 pages of
references (approximately 1,500),
each dust, mist, vapor, fume, and
gas is cited. Many are condemned
as definite, suspected, or potential
culprits. Nor does the contact have
to be intimate and prolonged. Neighborhood and household exposure or
even a fleeting whiff may be all that
is required to qualify for inclusion
in this notorious listing.
Surely, the air needs cleaning up.
Air pollution is bad and bears some
relationship (by virtue of respiratory irritation) to bronchopulmonary disorders. Cigarette smoking
and carcinoma of the lung is given