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Medical News & Perspectives
June 21, 2000

Poor Children Subject to "Environmental Injustice"

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JAMA. 2000;283(23):3057-3058. doi:10.1001/jama.283.23.3057-JMN0621-3-1

Boston—A number of toxins, such as lead, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), and organophosphate pesticides are disproportionately concentrated in environments where disadvantaged children live, said Philip Landrigan, MD, chair of the Department of Community and Preventive Medicine at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City, at the joint meeting of the Pediatric Academic Societies and American Academy of Pediatrics. "As it turns out, many of the children who are most heavily exposed in our society to environmental toxins are the same children who are poor, the same children who have either no access or inadequate access to medical care."