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Introductory statement: proceedings of Conference on Public Health Implications of Components of Plastic Manufacture.

Journal
Environmental Health Perspectives
0091-6765
Publisher
Environmental Health Perspectives
Publication Date
Keywords
  • Research Article
Disciplines
  • Biology
  • Medicine
  • Pharmacology

Abstract

Introductory Statement: Proceedings of 'Conference on Public Health Implications of Components of Plastic Manufacture It was apparent that the concern associated with the long-term toxicity of vinyl chloride, while justified, was much too narrow in focus and that a conference to consider more broadly the public health implications associated with manufacturing, processing, and using polymeric materials would be useful. These proceedings reflect such a conference which was sponsored by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and held in Pinehurst, North Carolina, July 29-31, 1974. The conference was organized by R. L. Dixon (National In- stitute of Environmental Health Sciences, Re- search Triangle Park, N.C.), S. Murphy (Harvard University School of Public Health, Boston, Mass.), E. M. Pearce* (Polytechnic Institute of New York, Brooklyn, N.Y.), and J. C. Salamone (Lowell Technological Institute, Lowell, Mass.). The major objectives of the meeting were to review briefly the toxicity of vinyl chloride and other compounds of plastic processing with known toxicity and then to consider the total sphere of potential health hazards associated with the manufacture and use of plastics. Scientists with different pro- fessional backgrounds, experiences, and per- spectives were invited to participate. Chemists, pharmacologists, toxicologists, epidemiologists, and physicians from private industry, federal agencies, and universities gathered and ex- changed data, ideas, and viewpoints. The ulti- mate goal of the conference was to identify potential health problems, define research ap- proaches, and indicate priorities to most efficiently estimate the actual risks and benefits * The Editors wish to thank Dr. E. M. Pearce for reviewing some of the manuscripts. involved and attempt to estimate the appro- priate balance of the two. Speculation and hypotheses were encouraged as the first steps in progressing from a position of general ignorance toward acquisition of facts. Ultimately, this a

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