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The Turn Toward Toxins

An Essay Review

A growing number of historians have begun to turn their attention to crucial transitions in the ‘chemical age’ of the 20th century in order to understand both how ‘invisible’ chemicals endangered the environment and public health as well as how science and technology mediated perceptions of this danger. Several important new works have demonstrated the need for scholarship not only on the environmental and health effects of pollutants, but also on how institutions and governments began to care about such changes and define them positively or negatively. This essay review is published in Endeavour.