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What the eyes don't see : a story of crisis, resistance, and hope in an American city

Hanna-Attisha, Mona (author.).

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Crookston Public Library 615.9256 HAN (Text) 33500012732566 Main Available -

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  • ISBN: 9780399590849 (ebook)
  • ISBN: 0399590838
  • ISBN: 9780399590832
  • Physical Description: x, 364 pages ; illustrations ; 25 cm
  • Publisher: New York : One World, an imprint of Random House, [2018]

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages 335-352) and index.
Formatted Contents Note: How I got my name -- What the eyes don't see -- The barbecue -- The valedictorian -- Haji -- Red flags -- First encounter -- Miasma -- No response -- Sit down -- Jenny + the data -- Public health enemy #1 -- What field are you on? -- The man in the panda tie -- Environmental injustice -- Poisoned by policy -- Shortwave radio crackling -- Meeting the Mayor -- Aeb -- The press conference -- Splice and dice -- Numbers war -- Demonstration of proof -- All the things we found out later -- Fire ant -- Truth and reconciliation -- Prescription for hope -- Haji and the birds.
Summary, etc.: "The dramatic story of the signature environmental disaster of our time and an inspiring tale of scientific resistance by a relentless physician who stood up to power. Flint was already a troubled city in 2014 when the state of Michigan--in the name of austerity--shifted the source of its water supply from Lake Huron to the Flint River. Soon after, citizens began complaining about the water that flowed from their taps--but officials rebuffed them, insisting that the water was fine. Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, a pediatrician at the city's public hospital, took state officials at their word and encouraged the parents and children in her care to continue drinking the water--after all, it was American tap water, blessed with the state's seal of approval. But a conversation at a cookout with an old friend, leaked documents from a rogue environmental inspector, and the activism of a concerned mother raised red flags about lead--a neurotoxin whose irreversible effects fall most heavily on children. Even as circumstantial evidence mounted and protests grew, Dr. Mona knew that the only thing that could stop the lead poisoning was undeniable proof--and that to get it, she'd have to enter the fight of her life. What the Eyes Don't See is the inspiring story of how Dr. Mona--accompanied by an idiosyncratic team of researchers, parents, friends, and community leaders--proved that Flint's kids were exposed to lead and then fought her own government and a brutal backlash to expose that truth to the world. Paced like a scientific thriller, this book shows how misguided austerity policies, the withdrawal of democratic government, and callous bureaucratic indifference placed an entire city at risk. And at the center of the story is Dr. Mona herself--an immigrant, doctor, scientist, and mother whose family's activist roots inspired her pursuit of justice. What the Eyes Don't See is a riveting, beautifully rendered account of a shameful disaster that became a tale of hope, the story of a city on the ropes that came together to fight for justice, self-determination, and the right to build a better world for their--and all of our--children."--Dust jacket.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2018 May #1
    *Starred Review* Despite complaints from Flint, Michigan, residents, the city's emergency manager and state government insisted that the city's municipal water switch from Lake Huron to the Flint River hadn't caused any problems. However, the city did not use corrosion control, and soon lead from the old pipes began leaching into the water at extremely high levels. When she learned in August 2015 that the water wasn't safe, author Hanna-Attisha, a pediatrician and researcher, first thought of her patients. Knowing the devastating effects of lead on childhood development, she began organizing a study of lead levels in children's blood before and after Flint switched its water source. Despite resistance from the state to share data, her research became key to proving the Flint water was unsafe and that the government had been denying the crisis for more than a year. Hanna-Attisha infuses her story with context from her own family history, the development of public health as a field, and background on political changes in Michigan. Told with passion and intelligence, What the Eyes Don't See is an essential text for understanding the full scope of injustice in Flint and the importance of fighting for what's right. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Mona Hanna-Attisha, MD, MPH, FAAP, is a physician, scientist, and activist who has been called to testify twice before the United States Congress, awarded the Freedom of Expression Courage Award by PEN America, and named one of Time magazine&;s 100 Most Influential People in the World.

Subject: Hanna-Attisha, Mona
Lead poisoning Michigan Flint
Drinking water Lead content Michigan Flint
Water quality management Michigan Flint
Physicians Michigan Flint Biography
Whistle blowing Michigan Flint
Flint (Mich.) Environmental conditions
SCIENCE / Environmental Science
MEDICAL / Public Health
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / Urban
Genre: Autobiographies.
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