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November 1968

Book Reviews

Arch Intern Med. 1968;122(5):459. doi:10.1001/archinte.1968.00040010459019

Some books are a pleasure to review; others are a chore and a bore. This one definitely belongs to the latter category. It is an exposition of the possible relationship to respiratory cancers of almost every manmade chemical effluent—identified and nonidentified, singly and in unlimited mixtures—that has been spewed into the atmosphere since the beginning of the industrial revolution. Supported by 52 pages of references (approximately 1,500), each dust, mist, vapor, fume, and gas is cited. Many are condemned as definite, suspected, or potential culprits. Nor does the contact have to be intimate and prolonged. Neighborhood and household exposure or even a fleeting whiff may be all that is required to qualify for inclusion in this notorious listing.

Surely, the air needs cleaning up. Air pollution is bad and bears some relationship (by virtue of respiratory irritation) to bronchopulmonary disorders. Cigarette smoking and carcinoma of the lung is given