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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 248 pages
  • Publisher: The MIT Press; 1 edition (August 17, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 026201789X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0262017893
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 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: #1,724,360 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Energy policy is health policy. In The Silent Epidemic, Alan Lockwood makes clear that coal is a pressing health concern. Just as a microbiology text analyzes bacteria, this book provides a guide for medical and public health thinking about coal. Highly recommended."--Howard Frumkin, Dean, School of Public Health, University of Washington

" The Silent Epidemic provides an exacting and sobering account of one of the fastest growing problems confronting our planet -- pollution from coal. The analytical breadth as well as the readability of Alan Lockwood's study make it a unique and powerful resource for health care providers, policy makers and concerned citizens alike." --Stanley B. Prusiner, Professor of Neurology, University of California, San Francisco

"Dr. Lockwood's prose is measured. His tone is dispassionate. And his prognosis is chilling. This book is must reading for environmental scientists and health professionals. It should also be on the bookshelves of energy policy makers, power company executives, urban planners, elected officials, and concerned citizens. Dr. Lockwood's diagnosis affects us all."--Philip J. Landrigan, M.D., MSc., Ethel H. Wise Professor of Community Medicine, Mount Sinai School of Medicine

"We've known for centuries that coal pollution is harmful and even deadly, but The Silent Epidemic painstakingly documents the full extent of coal's malignant effects on our health and society -- and adds urgency to ending our dependence on a fuel that deserves no place in a clean and healthy economy."--Michael Brune, Executive Director, Sierra Club

About the Author

Alan H. Lockwood, M.D., is Emeritus Professor of Neurology and Nuclear Medicine at the State University of New York at Buffalo. He is the lead author of a Physicians for Social Responsibility report on coal's adverse health effects.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By bobsmom on October 1, 2012
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"The Silent Epidemic: Coal and the Hidden Threat to Health" is a timely, necessary, and balanced examination of a subject that elicits highly emotional responsea in our society, both pro and con. The subject is approached carefully, and presented in a rational, dispassionate, informed manner. The book is well organized, and readers are explicitly invited to concentrate on areas that interest them most if they wish. Some of the material presented is quite technical, but Dr. Lockwood has taken care to make it accessible to the interested general reader.

This is an subject that is important today, and both public and private discourse can only be enriched by an increased level of carefully vetted information.
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Alan H. Lockwood, M.D. is an Emeritus Professor of Neurology at the University at Buffalo. He is a graduate of Cornell University and Cornell University Medical College (now known as the Weill Cornell Medical College) and was trained in Neurology at the University of California, San Francisco. He is board certified in Neurology and is a member of the American Neurological Association and a Fellow of the American Academy of Neurology. He is the author of approximately 220 publications on diverse scientific topics ranging from hepatic encephalopathy and medical problems of musicians to functional imaging of the auditory system, tinnitus and environmental toxicants. He has been a member of Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) for three decades and was President of PSR National in 1994, is currently a member of the Board of Directors and Co-Chair of the Environment and Health Committee. He is the principal author of the PSR report "Coal's Assault on Human Health." This has been expanded to a full-length book titled The Silent Epidemic: Coal and the Hidden Threat to Health, published by the MIT Press in September 2012. Dr. Lockwood will be on a book tour in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, Nebraska, and Iowa in September and October of 2012 speaking about the role of coal, clean air, and health.

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