By N. E. Busch, J. Fjeldså, J. Aa. Hansen, E. Lund, O. Olsen (auth.), J. Aa. Hansen (eds.)

"How am I desirous about the surroundings from the place I stand professionally?" Or, "what is the environmental fringe of my profession?" a couple of amazing lecturers have been requested to contemplate those questions in 1989 with the purpose of starting an leading edge dialogue on environmental alterations and an figuring out of the way those are regarding human actions. on the own invitation of the Programme Committee, 17 participants, each one of whom have varied specialist backgrounds and nationalities, ready a paper and met for a symposium in Elsinore, Denmark, in September of 1990. a number of the authors revised their unique papers end result of the discussions in the course of the symposium. After peer overview and enhancing, the contributions have been published during this ebook in types that categorical the authors' own convictions and precedence environmental issues. The authors contributed to the symposium through providing papers and participat­ ing in stimulating and infrequently provocative discussions. The Programme Committee is thankful for the pro notion supplied and for the non secular and hot, social surroundings during which the symposium took place.

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Indirect routes of exposure are edible plants, which are consumed by man, and more complex routes via the consumption of food from animals. The circumstances under which the factors are introduced into the environment may vary considerably. This has consequences for the amount of the factor and, therefore, for the effect, both quantitatively and qualitatively. The factor can be generally present. Usually, the level is relatively low and constant. Examples are the generally present pollution of the air with, for example, nitrous oxides, sulphurous oxides, ozone and the ubiquitous presence of polychloro-biphenyls (PCBs).

Obviously, this apparent difference in opinion of the experts adds to the uncertainty of the public. Unfortunately, part of this rather fruitless discussion originates from the improper use oflanguage. A rather trivial example is the frequently used combination of words "environment and health" which usually stands for "environmental pollution and disease" . Several key words which often cause misunderstanding will be discussed in this paragraph. Health: The term "health" can be used in several ways.

Common to all situations is that medicine together with other disciplines, is engaged in trouble shooting and helping people who may fall victim to the incident. In close cooperation with many other disciplines, medicine may also be involved in the relation between health and environment in a more academic way. On 47 B. SANGSTER the one hand, the health condition of a population or subgroup of a population can be determined. On the other hand, the condition of the environment in an area, or aspects of the state of the environment in the area, can be established.

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