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The Age of Chemicals in the 21st Century: New Inventions, New Problems 

The Age of Chemicals in the 21st Century: New Inventions, New Problems

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The Age of Chemicals in the 21st Century: New Inventions, New Problems
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Carol F. Kwiatkowski

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10.1093/med/9780190490911.003.0001
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date: 30 May 2017

Chapter 1 profiles the history, exposure routes, and health effects of chemicals in categories such as pesticides, solvents, flame retardants, plastics, and antimicrobials. Human exposure to low concentrations of chemicals, prenatal and childhood exposures, and effects on the endocrine system are highlighted. The goal is to raise awareness about the wide range of chemicals humans encounter on a daily basis. Medical professionals are urged to use this information to educate patients, and governments are called on to adopt new regulatory approaches to protect public health.

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