Animals as Sentinels of Environmental Health Hazards

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Studying animals in the environment may be a realistic and highly beneficial approach to identifying unknown chemical contaminants before they cause human harm. Animals as Sentinels of Environmental Health Hazards presents an overview of animal-monitoring programs, including detailed case studies of how animal health problems--such as the effects of DDT on wild bird populations--have led researchers to the sources of human health hazards. The authors examine the components and characteristics required for an effective animal-monitoring program, and they evaluate numerous existing programs, including in situ research, where an animal is placed in a natural setting for monitoring purposes.

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Committee on Animals as Monitors of Environmental Hazards, Board on Environmental Studies and Toxicology, National Research Council


1 Front Matter; 2 Executive Summary; 3 1. Introduction; 4 2. Concepts and Definitions; 5 3. Food Animals as Sentinels; 6 4. Companion Animals as Sentinels; 7 5. Fish and Other Wildlife as Sentinels; 8 6. Animal Sentinels in Risk Assessment; 9 7. Selection and Application of Animal Sentinel Systems in Risk Assessment; 10 8. Conclusions and Recommendations; 11 References; 12 Appendix: May 1988 Workshop Participants

Product Details

  • publication date: 01/01/1991
  • ISBN13: 9780309040464
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 176
  • ID: 9780309040464
  • weight: 295
  • ISBN10: 0309040469

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