The Praeger Handbook of Environmental Health
by Robert H. Friis, Editor
April 2012, 2361pp, 6 1/8x9 1/4
4 volumes, Praeger

Hardcover: 978-0-313-38600-8
$297, £229, 259€, A407
eBook Available: 978-0-313-38601-5
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Environmental health has become a subject of paramount importance. Climate change appears to be accelerating even more quickly than previously estimated. Sourcing clean water is becoming a serious problem, and not just for countries in the developing world: the United Nations estimates that a third of the world’s population has inadequate access to freshwater and that this number could increase to two-thirds by the year 2025.

Written by internationally acclaimed experts in the United States and abroad, this comprehensive set of environmental health articles serves to clarify our impending challenges as well as opportunities for health and wellness.

Written in an accessible style that is appropriate for general readers as well as professionals in the environmental health field, this work provides a comprehensive yet coherent review of the principal environmental challenges that confront our society. This four-volume work taps a multidisciplinary team of experts from across the nation to present emerging information about how our world is being impacted, the effects on health and life, and the steps we are taking—and should take—to correct or avoid the problems.

The Praeger Handbook of Environmental Health comprises four volumes: Foundations of the Field; Agents of Disease; Water, Air, and Solid Waste; and Current Issues and Emerging Debates. Within each volume, chapters cover the latest scientific research findings in an objective manner and present practical applications of the information. Topics addressed include air and water contaminants, PCBs, hazardous waste, household cleaning products, dioxin, plastics, radiation, radon, electromagnetic fields, and noise and light pollution, just to name a few. This title stands alone in its comprehensive coverage of environmental health topics.


  • 100 entries organized according to key topic areas in environmental health
  • Contributions from more than 150 environmental health experts from U.S. and international settings
  • Figures and graphs support the main points of each article
  • Dozens of literature citations within each article
Robert H. Friis is professor emeritus of health science and chair emeritus of the Health Science Department at California State University, Long Beach, CA. His published works include Essentials of Environmental Health and Epidemiology for Public Health Practice, Fourth Edition.
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