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Medical Waste Incineration and Pollution Prevention

  • Alex E. S. Green

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Alex E. S. Green, John C. Wagner
    Pages 1-36
  3. Floyd Hasselriis, Laura Constantine
    Pages 37-52
  4. Michael M. Bulley
    Pages 53-72
  5. Daniel P. Y. Chang, Harold Glasser, Donald C. Hickman
    Pages 73-96
  6. Floyd Hasselriis
    Pages 97-127
  7. David Corbus
    Pages 128-141
  8. Floyd Hasselriis
    Pages 142-154
  9. Kenneth B. Wagener, Christopher D. Batich, Alex E. S. Green
    Pages 155-169
  10. Alex E. S. Green
    Pages 170-207
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 209-213

About this book

Introduction

The annual cost of medical care in the U niled States is rapidly approaching a trillion dollars. Without doubt, much of the rise in costs is due to our health industry's concentration on high technology remediation and risk avoidance measures. From recent public discussions it is becoming in­ creasingly evident that to contain the costs and at the same time extend the benefits of health care without national bankruptcy will necessitate much greater attention to preventative medicine. The total cost of waste disposal by our health industry is well over a billion dollars. It is rising rapidly as we increasingly rely on high technol­ ogy remediation measures. Here, too, in the opinion of the authors of this work, it would be prudent to give much greater attention to preventative approaches. Incineration technology has largely been developed for disposing mu­ nicipal solid waste (MSW) and hazardous waste (HW). As a result of the multibillion dollar funding for the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), most experts believe that pollution control is the key to minimizing toxic emissions from incinerators. This view is now beginning to take hold in medical waste (MW) incineration as well. However, the authors contributing to this book have concluded that precombustion measures can be most effective in reducing the toxic products of medical waste incineration.

Keywords

care health medicine prevention research

Editors and affiliations

  • Alex E. S. Green
    • 1
  1. 1.University of FloridaGainesvilleUSA

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