When Technology Wounds: The Human Consequences of Progress

Chellis Glendinning, Author
Chellis Glendinning, Author William Morrow & Company $18.95 (0p) ISBN 978-0-688-07282-7
Reviewed on: 03/31/1990
Release date: 04/01/1990
In an alarming and persuasive expose, psychologist Glendinning ( Wake Up in the Nuclear Age ) relates the stories of 46 American ``technology survivors'' who suffered illnesses allegedly induced by the products of sophisticated science, from the low-calorie, artificial sweetener aspartame (which reportedly caused dizziness, nausea and mental anxiety in a dieting woman in New Mexico) to weed killer (said to have induced migraine headaches, vertigo and gastrointestinal disorders in a California couple, as well as birth defects in their child). The author is herself a victim: she developed infections, allergies and ``paralyzing depression'' as a result of taking birth-control pills, and pelvic inflammation after the implantation of an intrauterine device. Glendinning also maintains that nuclear fallout, toxic substances and asbestos have claimed untold lives. She concentrates on the psychic trauma afflicting sufferers, which arises, she contends, from the patient's sense of helplessness and loss of trust. Perhaps quixotically, Glendinning urges forming an international union of survivors to alert the public to the risks of technological ``miracles.'' Author tour. (Apr.)
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