Indoor Air Pollution
A Health Perspective
During the last two decades, outdoor air pollution has decreased in the United States and in many other industrial nations. But many hazardous pollutants have been found in offices, cars, homes, and hospitals. Outbreaks of illness related to the noninjdustrial work environment have been reported with increasing frequency. And "sick-building," or "tight-building," syndrome has been recognized as a new and serious threat to public health.
Indoor Air Pollution: A Health Perspective outlines current research on the subject and examines effotrs to regulate the quality of indoor air. Contributors—including epidemiologists, clinicians, risk assessorsm experts in air monitoring, microbiologies, and engineers—discuss methodologies used in measuring exposures to pollution, strategies for imporving indoor air quality, and other issues. They also assess the health effects of specific pollutants: tobacco smoke, carbon monoxide, wood smoke, nitrogen dioxide, biological agents, formaldehyde, and radon.
About the Authors
Jonathan M. Samet, M.D., is professor of medicine at the University of New Mexico. John D. Spengler, Ph.D., M.S., is professor of environmental health at the Harvard University School ofPublic Health.
"Harmful of toxic substances enter the body through the air we breathe, through food or water ingested, or through the skin. This book by two prominent epidemiologists explores the relationship between air pollution and health. The book is well documented and well illustrated and provides a wealth of useful information including epidemiologic results and standards or requirements that influence air quality—both indoor and out. the 17 edited contributions are divided into discussions of (1) sources, (2) health effects, and (3) control and legal aspects. Each chapter is a detailed but readable review, of excellent quality and reliability. Particularly strong are the chapters on indoor air pollution, nitrogen dioxide, wood smoke, formaldehyde, and radon. Worldwide in coverage, this volume successfully provides a review for policy makers, engineers, lawyers, and health professionals, and for students in these disciplines, undergraduate and graduate."
|Johns Hopkins University Press
|The Johns Hopkins Series in Environmental Toxicology