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close this bookAssessing the Health Consequences of Major Chemical Incidents - Epidemiological Approaches, 1992 (WHO/EURO; 1992; 104 pages)
View the documentForeword
View the documentPreface
View the documentContributors
open this folder and view contentsIntroduction: definition and health effects of chemical incidents
open this folder and view contents1. Role of epidemiology in assessing health effects following a major chemical incident
open this folder and view contents2. Epidemiological tools
open this folder and view contents3. Supportive action
View the documentReferences
open this folder and view contentsAnnex: summaries of selected incidents
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Assessing the Health Consequences of Major Chemical Incidents - Epidemiological Approaches, 1992

WHO Regional Publications
European Series, No. 79

World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe

WHO Library Cataloguing in Publication Data

Assessing the health consequences of major chemical incidents - epidemiological approaches/Ursula Ackermann-Liebrich [et al.]


(WHO regional publications. European series; No. 79)

1. Accidents 2. Hazardous substances - adverse effects - analysis 3. Environmental exposure 4. Health status indicators 5. Epidemiologic methods 6. Europe I. Ackermann-Liebrich, Ursula II. Series

ISBN 92 890 1343 5

(NLM Classification: WA 754)

ISSN 0378-2255



Text editing:
Mary Stewart Burgher

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