OUR SYNTHETIC ENVIRONMENT by Lewis Herber

OUR SYNTHETIC ENVIRONMENT

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Our thanks to Lewis Herber: he has given us an important, thoroughly impressive work of immediate interest, one which justly attacks the ever-increasing socio-biological imbalance inherent in the march of progress, fostering the dangerous rise of technological centralization and ecological exploitation, a monoculture in which the laws of science persistently neglect the natural laws of the human organism and of the world. Drawing upon the investigations of Alex is Carrel, Lewis Mumford, Fairfield Osborn, William Albrecht and other pathbreakers, Herber diagnoses the problems, cites the dangers environmental schemas based on a mammoth metropolis which can never be healthy; billion world consumers indifferently outstripping the less than billion productive acres, the hushed up debacle of food control (a sluggish FDA, quick-buck manufacturers, unwary buyers); recent findings supporting the relationship between cancer and emotional stress, lung cancer and cigarettes; the Strontium-90 controversy and the ""maximum permissible concentrations""; the high level/low-level nuclear yields, all in public affairs and administrative announcements being ""underestimated, rather than exaggerated"", etc. Timely, thought provoking, well-tempered; tomorrow's bumper crop of conflicts and challenges.

Pub Date: June 25th, 1962
Publisher: Knopf