Environmental hazards

  • John J. Hanlon
Part of the FASEB Monographs book series (FASEBM, volume 1)


Human health has always been dependent on the relationship of man to his environment. The human being, like other animals, is constantly being transformed by natural forces in the environment that act on him, and he is continuously transforming his environment. Human beings, other animals of all sizes and shapes from the sizable whale to the microscopic amoeba, bacteria that are smaller than the smallest animal, viruses tinier even than bacteria, and all plants of different sizes and shapes —all these living organisms are part of a dynamic system in which they continuously interchange matter and energy with the world about them (their environments). The human being, for example, takes into his body solid and liquid matter from his environment and puts solid, liquid, and gaseous waste into his environment; he exchanges gases with his environment and he even contrives machines and gadgets that also exchange matter and energy with their environments. Other living organisms may get into man’s body. Some act for his physiological benefit while others cause trouble.


Infectious Hepatitis Virus Environmental Hazard Noise Exposure Chemical Hazard Accidental Injury 
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