"Grandjean has written an excellent introduction to developmental neurobiology, industrial neurotoxics, and the great controversies they create... [A] rich intellectual history that can help get people from diverse backgrounds up to speed." --Seth D. Baum, Environmental Science & Policy
"Philippe Grandjean's book is written in a refreshingly direct style, and the author's compassion for those afflicted by chemical brain drain is clearly evident. He makes a valid point by saying that, while chemical brain drain appears as a silent pandemic without impressive statistics on mortality or disease, it has impacts serious enough to demand a loud response. Only One Chance has an important message and should be widely read and heeded." --Dr. Bruce Spittle, Fluoride
"Only One Chance shaves off layer after layer of ignorance, naivete, and corruption as it exposes the hidden dangers from industrial chemicals. Grandjean's book reads like a thriller and gives us a unique chance to decide that the next generation's brains must be protected against toxic brain drainers."--Devra Lee Davis, author of The Secret History of the War on Cancer and National Book Award finalist
"This is an exceptionally interesting book. Grandjean presents and interprets extensive research on the impact of common chemicals present in the environment on human neurodevelopment using an original and holistic point of view and introducing the concept of 'chemical brain drain'. This is an innovative approach underlining the cumulated and long term impact on the brain of different chemical exposures. Grandjean argues that brain drain hampers the very capacity of human society to progress if its most precious resource, the brain, is not adequately protected. The accuracy of the review, the analysis of the interaction between brain development and society, the approaches to dealing with uncertainties and action, make this book fundamental reading for medical and public health professionals, students, and policy makers. I am convinced it will set a new standard for public health action and research for the coming years."--Roberto Bertollini, Chief Scientist and WHO Representative to the EU
"This book is a huge gift to humankind from an eminent scientist. Grandjean tells the truth about how we have been ruining the brain power of each new generation and asks if there are still enough intelligent people in the world today to reverse the problem. I cannot rid myself of the idea that too many brains have been drained and society is beyond the point of no return. We must learn from the follies and scandals that Grandjean reveals and stop the chemical brain drain before it is too late."--Theo Colborn, President, TEDX (The Endocrine Disruption Exchange)
"[Only One Chance] is factual, rationally developed, and nuanced, without pulling punches. It argues for a social conscience, adequate premarket research, communication, and regulation. Chemical damage to the developing brain is not destiny. Grandjean explains why and how society must intervene to prevent exposures now and in the years ahead. Highly recommended."--CHOICE
About the Author
Philippe Grandjean is Professor and Chair of Environmental Medicine at the University of Southern Denmark and Adjunct Professor of Environmental Health in the Department of Environmental Health at Harvard School of Public Health. He has devoted his career to studying how environmental chemicals affect children and their brain development. His studies on mercury triggered an international response that led to a United Nations agreement to control mercury pollution. He has studied children in the U.S. and Denmark, in the Faroe Islands, and countries in South America and Asia, and he has published more than 500 scientific papers on his findings.