On Sickness and Surroundings

Science  05 Oct 2007:
Vol. 318, Issue 5847, pp. 46-47
DOI: 10.1126/science.1145071

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Breathing Space. How Allergies Shape Our Lives and Landscapes. By Gregg Mitman. Yale University Press, New Haven, CT, 2007. 330 pp. $30. ISBN 9780300110357.

Toxic Exposures. Contested Illnesses and the Environmental Health Movement. By Phil Brown. Columbia University Press, New York, 2007. 392 pp. $29.50, £19. ISBN 9780231129480.

Mitman considers how the changing environment in the United States has fed the surge of allergic disease. Brown explores the consequences of medical and political debates over environmentally induced illnesses.