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Book and Media Reviews
January 21, 2009

Toxic Exposures: Contested Illnesses and the Environmental Health Movement

JAMA. 2009;301(3):329. doi:10.1001/jama.2008.968

At-risk communities cast an uneasy gaze at the public health and medical professions. These communities are heavily reliant on professional assistance to meet the personal and group challenges that confront them, and tension exists between commonly accepted axioms of health shared by medical and scientific professionals and what communities see are the root causes of their poor health. However, there have been some exceptional and successful examples of scientists and communities working together to develop new understandings of disease. In Toxic Exposures: Contested Illnesses and the Environmental Health Movement, Phil Brown focuses on 3 of these successful partnerships: breast cancer, asthma, and Gulf War–related illnesses (GWRIs).

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