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The Blue Death


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Dr. Robert D. Morris is an internationally recognized physician and researcher in the field of drinking water and health. He has taught at Tufts University School of Medicine, Harvard University School of Public Health, and the Medical College of Wisconsin. His work has been featured in the New York Times and the London Times, and on the BBC. He lives in Seattle, Washington.


In this engrossing and disquieting book, the author, who specializes in drinking water epidemiology, raises the alarm about hidden perils in our water. He traces the history of the search for water-borne pathogens from the mid-19th century, when doctors discovered the bacterium that causes cholera (the blue death), to the 20th century, when it was found that chlorination and filtration would block many of the organisms responsible for diseases such as typhoid fever, dysentery and cholera. But today, our water supply is far from safe. Some pathogens elude conventional filters; others are resistant to chlorine; and chlorinated drinking water may increase the risk of certain cancers. Climate change, emerging diseases, toxic chemicals, decaying pipes and terrorism also threaten our water. To dramatize his thesis, Morris describes devastating outbreaks of gastrointestinal disease, such as the one caused by a parasite in Milwaukee's drinking water that sickened 400,000 people in 1993. During the 19th century, doctors had to overcome opposition from those who refused to believe that diseases could be waterborne. Now, epidemiologists and researchers who advocate for tighter controls on drinking water must battle drinking water industry lobbyists who resist regulatory efforts. Morris argues persuasively that unless we do more to protect the water we drink, we court disaster. (Aug.) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

"A page-turning, brilliantly conceived intellectual adventure by a gifted physician and remarkable writer. A tour de force accounting of the lurking dangers of polluted waters that can only be ignored at our peril." Devra Davis, author of the National Book Award Finalist WHEN SMOKE RAN LIKE WATER" "A beautifully written book so gripping it reads like fiction, yet nothing in the text is exaggerated. Morris speaks to the probability of catastrophic microbial and viral outbreaks in our aging drinking water delivery systems, the integrity of which is protected only by 19th century technology. This book will shake the complacency of everyone who reads it." Theo Colburn, PhD, author of OUR STOLEN FUTURE

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