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This is the second edition (1st ed., 1994) of a monograph which, according to the author, was written to "answer questions and provide information about all the chemicals that you come in contact with every day." It is designed for consumers and is written in a nontechnical style. Part 1 provides brief but clearly written answers to some 200 consumer questions related to the chemistry of food additives, cosmetics, cleaning products, and a variety of other materials. Part 2 contains an alphabetical listing of hundreds of substances from "abaca" to "zirconyl chloride," and for each substance there is a brief but clearly written summary of its use, precautions associated with this use, and a valuable list of synonyms. This monograph appears to be remarkably free of error and provides a reasonable approach to describing the care and use of every day chemicals. Although Lewis's book is not particularly useful to scientists in the field of consumer chemistry, it will be valuable to consumers desiring a clear, balanced, and well-written explanation of the sources and uses of chemicals found in foods, cosmetics and related materials. Appendix listing locations of Poison Control Centers in the US and Canada; extremely detailed index. All levels. H. T. McKone; Saint Joseph College
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