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Author Mitman, Gregg.
Title Breathing space : how allergies shape our lives and landscapes / Gregg Mitman.
Imprint New Haven : Yale University Press, [2007]

Author Mitman, Gregg.
Subject Respiratory allergy -- Popular works.
Respiratory allergy -- Environmental aspects.
Asthma -- history.
Anti-Allergic Agents -- history.
Anti-Asthmatic Agents -- history.
History, 20th Century.
Inhalation Exposure -- history.
Rhinitis, Allergic, Seasonal -- history.
United States.
Description 1 online resource (xv, 312 pages) : illustrations, maps
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 255-295) and index.
Contents Hay Fever Holiday -- When Pollen Became Poison -- The Last ResortsChoking Cities -- On the Home Front -- An Inhaler in Every Pocket.
Summary Breathing Space offers an intimate portrait of how allergic disease has shaped American culture, landscape, and life. Drawing on environmental, medical, and cultural history and the life stories of people, plants, and insects, Mitman traces how America's changing environment from the late 1800s to the present day has led to the epidemic growth of allergic disease. We have seen a neverending stream of solutions to combat allergies, from hay fever resorts, herbicides, and airconditioned homes to numerous potions and pills. But, as Mitman shows, despite the quest for a magic bullet, none of the attempted solutions has succeeded. Until we address how our changing environment -- physical, biological, social, and economic -- has helped to create America's allergic landscape, that hoped for success will continue to elude us. From the dust jacket.
Note Print version record.
ISBN 9780300138320 (electronic bk.)
0300138326 (electronic bk.)
9780300110357 (alk. paper)
0300110359 (alk. paper)
OCLC # 173818346
Additional Format Print version: Mitman, Gregg. Breathing space. New Haven : Yale University Press, 2007 9780300110357 0300110359 (DLC) 2006052827 (OCoLC)76263591

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