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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press (March 2, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300136072
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300136074
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #298,215 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Like [Rachel] Carson, Langston uses lively and even lyrical writing. . . to tell the story of the risks posed by synthetic compounds currently found in pesticides, pharmaceuticals and plastics, such as BPA.”--Shawn Doherty, The Capital Times

(Shawn Doherty The Capital Times)

“The historical slant is indeed unique. . . . the manuscript is well documented and written in a way that conveys the science in an understandable fashion.”—Dixie Mills, M.D., F.A.C.S., Medical Director, Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation
(Dixie Mills)

"An important and timely piece of work from a well-established scholar.”—Brian Donahue, Brandeis University

(Brian Donahue)

"A fascinating but horrifying account of how the vast majority of the American population became unwitting participants in a large and ultimately disastroua public health experiment."--Jill Sakai, University of Wisconsin--Madison News
(Jill Sakai University of Wisconsin-Madison News 2010-03-04)

"Langston is poised perfectly to examine the scientific and social history of endocrine disruptors. . . . Langston's prose is precise and elegant. Moreover, her explanations of scientific frameworks, data, and debates are quite accessible. . . . This is certainly a fascinating and persuasive study that should be read by anyone interested in environmental health, environmental history, the history of medicine, gender studies, as well as larger questions regarding the entanglements between science, law, industry, medicine, and public policy."—Stacy Alaimo, American Book Review
(Stacy Alaimo American Book Review)

About the Author

Nancy Langston, a professor in the Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology with a joint appointment in the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, was president of the American Society for Environmental History in 2007-9.

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I am an environmental historian and professor in the Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology with a joint appointment in the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. I served as president of the American Society for Environmental History from 2007-2009. You can visit my website at www.nancylangston.com and the website for Toxic Bodies at www.toxicbodies.org

My initial training was as an ecologist rather than a historian. While on a National Science Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship at the University of Washington, I researched the evolutionary ecology of Carmine bee-eaters nesting along the Zambezi River in Zimbabwe. My experiences in African conservation persuaded me that to understand (and reverse) environmental degradation, we needed to pay much closer attention to human communities. Understanding the historic roots of environmental change became my primary research focus.

My first book, Forest Dreams, Forest Nightmares (University of Washington Press, 1995) examines the causes of the forest health crisis on western national forests. My second book, Where Land and Water Meet: A Western Landscape Transformed (University of Washington Press, 2003) focuses on dilemmas over riparian management in the West. My third book, Toxic Bodies: Hormone Disruptors and the Legacy of DES, has just been released by Yale University Press.

My current project is Changing Lake Superior: Forest, Fisheries, Global Warming, and Environmental Health.

Four months of the year, I live in a tiny cabin on Lake Superior, near Cornucopia. While the university is in session, I live with my husband (Frank Goodman), two pit bulls (Tiva and Vanya), eighteen chickens, and 100,000 (more or less) honeybees on the Little Sugar River Farm, a small farm south of Madison. I am an avid sea kayaker and cross-country skier.

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This is one of the best history books I've ever read.
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The story (and stories) she tells are staggering and informative and written in an accessible style.
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This is an intricately told story of the failure of Federal oversight.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nancy J. Moye on April 12, 2010
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Having recently completed "Toxic Bodies" I chose to title my thoughts as noted above. Dr. Langston has presented the research and the conclusions about the heavy use of DES in our medical and agricultural systems in a manner that is readable and understandable for persons with lesser scientific backgrounds. She does this in a story like format that leaves one with a sense of urgency about the present and emerging chemicals that effect us in our daily lives. The sense of urgency on a personal level leads one to question a medical care provider about any prescribed medication and to seriously consider any over the counter "drugs or food supplements" one might consume. I would suggest that readers (especially women) share this book with their medical care provider. The sense of urgency on the community level is to comment to law makers related to ongoing issues with chemicals that we are currently being warned about as harmful, especially to children. Great work on this book, Dr. Langston. Thank you for it.
Nancy Moye RN, PHN
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By leonamae on April 7, 2010
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Toxic Bodies by Nancy Langston is a cautionary tale indeed -- one that should scare the heck out of any woman of reproductive age. Actually, everyone should read this book, and then contact their government representatives and insist on stricter regulations and overall transarency with regards to synthetic chemicals that enter our bodies through a mariad of ways;food sources, water, medications, and from mother to child.

Apparently, I am one of the lucky ones -- even with a variety of frightening reproductive issues, I was able to bring a healthy baby to term -- but now she, at the age of 18, seems to be tackling some of the same gynecological issues I faced 30 years ago.

Dr. Langston's concise and readable book should encourage all of us to live a more healthy, chemical-free lifestyle. And, to ask the right questions when visiting our doctors. Ladies and gentlemen, its time to take a proactive stance!
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This is one of the best history books I've ever read. I'm a historian (this is not my field, though), but it's so well written, as well as so relevant, that I'm going to encourage non-historian friends and family to read it. I also plan to assign it in classes. This is a book that many people, the general public as well as scientists, regulators, and historians, should read.
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An amazing book. Truly a must read.... I would right more now, but I can't put it down... ;o) Patti Negri
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