By Gerald Markowitz, David Rosner
Deceit and Denial details the makes an attempt via the chemical and lead industries to misinform american citizens concerning the hazards that their lethal items current to staff, the general public, and shoppers. Gerald Markowitz and David Rosner pursued proof gradually and relentlessly, interviewed the real gamers, investigated untapped resources, and exposed a bruising tale of cynical and harsh omit for wellbeing and fitness and human rights. This ensuing exposé is filled with startling revelations, provocative arguments, and worrying conclusions--all according to impressive study and knowledge gleaned from mystery documents.
This booklet finds for the 1st time the general public kinfolk crusade that the lead undertook to persuade american citizens to exploit its lethal product to color partitions, toys, furnishings, and different items in America's houses, regardless of a wealth of knowledge that kids have been in danger for critical mind harm and demise from consuming this poison. This publication highlights the speedy hazards traditional electorate face end result of the relentless failure of business polluters to warn, tell, and safeguard their employees and buddies. It deals a historic research of the way company keep watch over over medical examine has undermined the method of proving the hyperlinks among poisonous chemical compounds and affliction. The authors additionally describe the knowledge, braveness, and backbone of employees and neighborhood participants who proceed to voice their issues despite vicious competition. Readable, pathbreaking, and revelatory, Deceit and Denial provides the most important solutions to questions of harmful environmental degradation, escalating company greed, and governmental overlook for its citizens' defense and well-being.
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In just seven months, the committee concluded their study, ﬁnding that “in its opinion there are at present no good grounds for prohibiting the use of ethyl gasoline . . 86 Although it appears that the committee rushed to judgment, it must be pointed out that this group viewed their study as only interim, to be followed by longer follow-up studies in the coming years. In their ﬁnal report to the surgeon general, the committee warned: It remains possible that if the use of leaded gasoline becomes widespread conditions may arise very different from those studied by us which would render its use more of a hazard than would appear to be the case from this investigation.
50 C. W. M. Corporation and the Standard Oil Co. ”51 The dangers posed by the widespread introduction of leaded gasoline were ﬁnally brought to the public’s attention by newspaper reports of some odd goings-on at Standard Oil’s Bayway labs in Elizabeth, New Jersey. Over the course of ﬁve days, ﬁve workers died and thirty-ﬁve others showed severe neurological symptoms of organic lead poisoning. In total, forty of forty-nine workers in the tetraethyl lead processing plant were severely poisoned.
61 Cecil K. Drinker, editor of the Journal of Industrial Hygiene and professor of public health at Harvard University, and Dr. David Edsall, dean of the Harvard Medical School, were also critical. In early January 1925, Drinker wrote Sayers a pointed critique that concluded: “As an investigation of an important problem in public health . . ”63 This attack by scientists, public health experts, and labor activists on the quality and integrity of the report prompted those who championed the introduction of lead into gasoline to begin a counteroffensive.