Banned: A History of Pesticides and the Science of Toxicology


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Yale University Press
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6.59 X 9.52 X 0.98 inches | 1.24 pounds

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About the Author

Frederick Rowe Davis is associate professor of history at Florida State University. A lifelong birder and naturalist, he is author of The Man Who Saved Sea Turtles. He lives with his son in Tallahassee, Florida.


"Th[is] richly researched and well-written stud[y] provide[s] many new insights for scholars as well as important applications for policymakers to address ongoing ecological challenges."--David D./I>--David D. Vail "Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences "
"This is a fundamentally important, up-to-date analysis of environmental toxicology after Silent Spring. It is simultaneously nuanced and forceful in its arguments."--Daniel Lewis, Huntington Library-- (03/17/2014)
"Banned's emphasis on the development of toxicology is unique, compelling, and convincing. It is also crucial for understanding how Silent Spring was constructed, the controversy that swirled around its publication, and the impact it had on pesticide regulation in the United States."--Mark V. Barrow, Jr., author of Nature's Ghosts: Confronting Extinction from the Age of Jefferson to the Age of Ecology-- (03/25/2014)
"Banned is an excellent and much-needed history of pesticides. Davis provides a compelling analysis of the ways policymakers understand risk. Most important, he offers a useful ecological alternative to current risk calculations. Toxicologists, policymakers, and historians will benefit from this clearly-written book."--Nancy Langston, author of Toxic Bodies: Hormone Disruptors and the Legacy of DES-- (07/02/2014)