An excellent introduction to dangerous chemicals, gases, and metals in the home, workplace, and environment. The author focuses on sources of hazardous materials, medical and health consequences, and the efforts of citizen groups and the government to correct past problems and prevent future damage to the environment. Includes asbestos, radon, dioxin, lead, mercury, radioactive wastes, styrene, carbon monoxide, and benzene; Love Canal, Bhopal, Chernobyl and less well-known environmental disasters are discussed. Though technical, this is fascinating reading on an important topic. A bibliography with extensive periodical references, source notes, and a detailed index make the book especially useful for the student. Illustrated with photographs.