Studying animals in the environment may be a realistic and highly beneficial approach to identifying unknown chemical contaminants before they cause human harm. Animals as Sentinels of Environmental Health Hazards presents an overview of animal-monitoring programs, including detailed case studies of how animal health problems--such as the effects of DDT on wild bird populations--have led researchers to the sources of human health hazards. The authors examine the components and characteristics required for an effective animal-monitoring program, and they evaluate numerous existing programs, including in situ research, where an animal is placed in a natural setting for monitoring purposes.
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|2. Concepts and Definitions||33-52|
|3. Food Animals as Sentinels||53-68|
|4. Companion Animals as Sentinels||69-80|
|5. Fish and Other Wildlife as Sentinels||81-102|
|6. Animal Sentinels in Risk Assessment||103-120|
|7. Selection and Application of Animal Sentinel Systems in Risk Assessment||121-130|
|8. Conclusions and Recommendations||131-136|
|Appendix: May 1988 Workshop Participants||159-160|
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