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Human and Environmental Disposition and Toxicology

Investigating the effects of PCB toxicity on humans and the environment

Although polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) have been banned in the United States for more than thirty years, the toxic effects of their presence in local environments continue to be a significant public health concern. PCBs: Human and Environmental Disposition and Toxicology brings together more than fifty established specialists on PCB toxicity to discuss recent trends and specialized investigations of PCB influences on the environment and on humans. Renowned scientists including Paul S. Cooke, Takeshi Nakano, Tomas Trnovec, Deborah C. Rice, Linda S. Birnbaum, and Charles S. Wong present cutting-edge research on Hudson River PCBs, human contamination, homologue profiles, high PCB exposure in Slovakia, and PCB effects on the thyroid hormone, nutrition, and estrogen levels in humans and animals. Focusing on the detection, movement, metabolism, toxicity, remediation, and risk assessment of PCB contamination, this multidisciplinary study is a valuable resource for regulatory agencies and scientists working with PCBs.

"This book is an interesting, timely collection of studies about the occurrence, exposure, and health effects of PCBs--information of interest to the regulatory community, persons concerned about environment pollution, and scientists conducting related research. PCBs: Human and Environmental Disposition and Toxicology clearly shows that we are still learning about the biological effects of PCBs."--Margaret James, professor and chair of the department of medicinal chemistry, University of Florida

Larry G. Hansen, a professor emeritus in the department of veterinary biosciences, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, is the author of The Ortho Side of PCBs: Occurrence and Disposition. Larry W. Robertson is a professor in the department of occupational and environmental health and director of the interdisciplinary graduate program in human toxicology at the University of Iowa. He is coeditor (with Hansen) of PCBs: Recent Advances in Environmental Toxicology and Health Effects.

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