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A Consumer's Dictionary of Household, Yard and Office Chemicals: Complete Information About Harmful and Desirable Chemicals Found in Everyday Home Products, Yard Poisons, and Office Polluters Paperback – August 2, 2007

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 364 pages
  • Publisher: ASJA Press (August 2, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0595449484
  • ISBN-13: 978-0595449484
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,720,850 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If you ever wondered about those long strings of chemical ingredients printed on the container labels of cleaners, pesticides, cosmetics, etc., this book will make them eminently clear. Many of these compounds are extremely dangerous and must be used with informed care. Winter, a well-known writer on environmental health issues whose books include the recent Poisons in Your Food ( LJ 1/91), does not attempt to give highly technical information such as that found in books like N. Irving Sax and Richard J. Lewis's Rapid Guide to Hazardous Chemicals in the Workplace (Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1990. 2d ed.). Instead, she gives an explanation in lay readers' terms of the uses and effects of each substance. In addition to the dictionary listings, which are cross-indexed by subject and by synonym, Winter's book includes an informative and well-documented introduction, a directory that lists associations, poison control centers, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regional offices, and a timely bibliography. Essential for public libraries.
- Eugenia C. Adams, Univ. of Houston-Downtown Lib.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


A Consumer's Dictionary of Household, Yard and Office Chemicals fills an important niche by educating consumers about the less-publicized dangers of everyday household products. This book will be an informative addition to my office library. -- Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ), Aug. 24, 2007

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More About the Author

Ruth Winter, MS, the author of 37 popular health books, was past president of The American Society of Journalists and Authors and winner of many awards including: The American Medical Writers Award for Magazine Writing; The National Association of Science Writers Service Award and The American Society of Authors and Journalists Career Achievement Award for Non-Fiction. Ruth Winter is the former science editor of The Newark Star-Ledger, and syndicated for columnist the Los Angeles Times. She contributes often to the Internet. Her A Consumer's Dictionary of Cosmetics and A Consumer's Dictionary of Food Additives are in their 7th editions and now also available as e-books. She co-authored 3 books, including the best-seller,Brain Workout,with her late husband,neurosurgeon Arthur Winter,MD. Her latest book is Triumph Over Tension: Easy Steps for Coping in a Complex World just released as an e-book. Ruth has three children, Robin Winter-Sperry,MD,CEO of Scientific Advantage; Craig, program development consultant for HP and start ups and Grant, producer and writer for CBS News. She has three grandchildren, Samantha,Hunter and Katelynd.