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Silent Spring Paperback – Bargain Price, October 22, 2002
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Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
Top Customer Reviews
Carson's analysis of DDT and other synthetic chlorinated hydrocarbon pesticides resulted in a deeply ominous conclusion-pesticides destroy the environment and threaten everything within the ecological system. Carson examined the composition of pesticides, revealing that synthetic pesticides have the ability to not only kill their intended targets, but they also move right up the food chain, eventually reaching the human population. The pesticides then build up in the tissues of the body, rarely breaking down but often building in intensity through continued exposure or changing into forms that are even more toxic by interacting with other ingested chemicals. Even worse, these chemicals cause tremors, paralysis, cancer, and a host of other unpleasant ailments. Carson cites numerous stories about exposed people falling ill and dying shortly after spraying these toxic chemicals. Carson also shows the biological process these poisons take when they enter the body, when they cut off oxygen to the cells and raise the metabolic rate to unhealthy levels.Read more ›
I do agree with others in that some of her statements are based on shaky evidence. However, I don't agree that see is responsible for thousands of deaths due to malaria. Diseases have existed for THOUSANDS OF YEARS, and all animals have had to deal with it, including humans. For example, humans with sickle cell anemia are immune to malaria.
It is easy for someone in America to say that DDT should not be used in Africa to fight disease, because we don't have to deal with the thousands of people dying every day. Perhaps DDT can be used in more precise applications to cut down on mosquitos (which are the vectors or carriers of the disease). However, malaria and other autochthonous diseases in Africa can be dealt with by means other than DDT, and thanks to Rachel Carson, funding for research into areas such as creating transgenic mosquitos is a reality. Someday we may have the ability to eraticate malaria, and credit would undoubted have to partly go to her.
The issue of the safety of DDT has been mentioned in many of these reviews, and the truth is NO ONE IS RIGHT! There has been almost no testing into the safety of DDT, so it's impossible for anyone to say that it's safe or dangerous (to humans). A famous toxicologist once said, "The poison is the dose".Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Silent Spring has helped me to appreciate more how our planet earth was created to sustain life, all life. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Amazon Customer
My son needed this book for school. Even though it was used, it was in great shape and affordable.Published 8 days ago by Sarah
This book sucks ass and if you're like me and had to read it for school here's a synopsis : DDT is the bane of our existence and we're all gonna die. Read morePublished 20 days ago by Amber
Poppycock! Had been debunked. Millions die of malaria becsuse of this nonsensePublished 1 month ago by A. Weingart
Although this book is considered "fictional" the copy that I read includes many facts that are currently happening including the disappearance of the bees and what actually... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Marilyn Weakley