High levels of PCBs in breast milk of inuit women from arctic quebec

  • Eric Dewailly
  • Albert Nantel
  • Jean -P. Weber
  • François Meyer


Waste Water Water Management Water Pollution PCBs Breast Milk 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Eric Dewailly
    • 1
  • Albert Nantel
    • 2
  • Jean -P. Weber
    • 2
  • François Meyer
    • 3
  1. 1.Community Health Department-CHULSte-FoyCanada
  2. 2.Quebec Toxicology Center-CHULSte-FoyCanada
  3. 3.Epidemiology Research Unit, Faculty of MedicineLaval UniversitySte-FoyCanada

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