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The Fluoride Wars How a Modest Public Health Measure Became America's Longest-Running Political Melodrama by R. Allan Freeze, Jay H. Lehr

The Fluoride Wars How a Modest Public Health Measure Became America's Longest-Running Political Melodrama



The Fluoride Wars How a Modest Public Health Measure Became America's Longest-Running Political Melodrama by R. Allan Freeze, Jay H. Lehr

The Flouride Wars offers a witty retelling of a highly debated scientific conflict in our past. It contains a variety of anecdotes regarding the history of tooth decay and the start of the use of fluoride, as well as the beginning of water fluoridation in the Unites States. This reader-friendly assessment of the best current thinking effectively portrays the mechanisms by which fluoride reduces tooth decay, its effectiveness and safety, and the credibility of the health-risk claims of the anti-fluoride movement.


The authors have put an enormous effort into acquiring the data in this book and... it is a very interesting and stimulating read. (Chromatographia, June 2010)

The authors should be commended for providing all of the facts of the controversy in one place. Their call for both sides to get together to study the health issues with reason and respect is also a worthwhile goal because, as they point out; perhaps then 'this long-standing and somewhat silly dispute could finally he laid to rest.
(Chemical and Engineering News

, September 2009)

About the Author

R. Allan Freeze is one of North America's leading researchers in the field of environmental water quality, and has acted as the consulting engineer on drinking water quality at a number of sites across North America. He was a member of the University of British Columbia's engineering faculty in Vancouver for twenty years and is the author of over 150 technical articles and the coauthor of several books. Jay H. Lehr is Senior Scientist with The Heartland Institute and Chief Scientist for EarthWater Global, an international water supply company. A graduate of Princeton University, he developed the first PhD program in hydrology at the University of Arizona and was on the faculty at The Ohio State University. Lehr has authored or coauthored over twenty books, hundreds of journal and magazine articles, and is an internationally renowned expert who speaks worldwide on environmental topics.

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Publication date

29th April 2009


R. Allan Freeze, Jay H. Lehr

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Wiley-Blackwell an imprint of John Wiley and Sons Ltd


400 pages


Family & health
Public health & preventive medicine
History of medicine



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