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September 19, 1959

Proceedings, National Conference on Air Pollution, Washington, D. C., November 18-20, 1958

JAMA. 1959;171(3):371. doi:10.1001/jama.1959.03010210123027

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In 1955 the federal Congress approved Public Law 159 which directed the Public Health Service to conduct and support research and to provide technical services to state and local governments and to private agencies in matters of pollution of the air. Here in some 500 pages are the proceedings of a national conference called by the Public Health Service to review the results of this law, to appraise the law itself, and to plot a course to be followed in the future.

Physicians will find several topics with direct medical implications in the sections about the fogs of the Meuse Valley, Belgium, Donora, Pa., and London and about the fall-out problems of nuclear testing. The book should prove a source of information on air pollution and may well be the second milestone on the way toward a clean atmosphere.

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