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October 31, 1953

Toxic Hazards of Certain Pesticides to Man

JAMA. 1953;153(9):889. doi:10.1001/jama.1953.02940260113025

This small volume is the formal report of an international study undertaken by the author on behalf of the World Health Organization, of chemicals used in agriculture and public health activities that present a clear and immediate danger during manufacture, application, or when present as residue on food. The report itself comprises only one-third of the volume; the remainder is composed of an extensive biblography and appendixes on toxic properties, nomenclature, and legislative control of agricultural chemicals in North American and several European countries. The report is divided into several sections, including discussions on the use of pesticides in disease control and crop protection; hazards and their control during application, in manufacture, and to those not directly involved with handling of the agents; suggestions and recommendations for research; and general conclusions. The report is well written and may be of value as a reference source to public health officials and

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