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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 in the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University at Buffalo and a Senior Scientist at Physicians for Social Responsibility. He is the author of The Silent Epidemic: Coal and the Hidden Threat to Health (MIT Press).
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  • Series: MIT Press
  • 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: #1,155,699 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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