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By Institute of Medicine, Board on Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, Committee on the Assessment of Wartime Exposure to Herbicides in Vietnam

From 1962 to 1971, US army forces sprayed greater than 19 million gallons of herbicides over Vietnam to strip the thick jungle cover that helped cover competition forces, to wreck vegetation that enemy forces may perhaps depend upon, and to transparent tall grass and trees from round the perimeters people base camps and outlying fire-support bases. such a lot large-scale spraying operations have been carried out from airplanes and helicopters, yet herbicides have been additionally sprayed from boats and floor autos, and by way of squaddies donning back-mounted gear. After a systematic file concluded contaminant of 1 of the first chemical compounds utilized in the herbicide known as Agent Orange may cause start defects in laboratory animals, US forces suspended use of the herbicide; they consequently halted all herbicide spraying in Vietnam in 1971.

At the request of the Veteran's management, the Institute of medication confirmed a committee to supervise the improvement and review of types of herbicide publicity to be used in stories of Vietnam veterans. That committee could enhance and disseminate a request for proposals (RFP) in step with the ideas; overview the proposals bought in line with the RFP and choose a number of educational or different nongovernmental examine teams to increase the publicity reconstruction version; supply clinical and administrative oversight of the paintings of the researchers; and assessment the types built by means of the researchers in a report back to VA, which might be released for a broader viewers. Characterizing publicity of Veterans to Agent Orange and different Herbicides utilized in Vietnam is the IOM's document that evaluates versions of herbicide reconstruction to increase and try types of herbicide publicity to be used in reviews of Vietnam veterans.

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His work centers on environmental and occupational epidemiology, and he has published extensively on the characterization of exposure to and risk posed by nonionizing radiation and other physical and chemical agents. Thomas Smith, PhD, is Professor of Industrial Hygiene in the Department of Environmental Health at the Harvard School of Public Health and Director of the School’s industrial hygiene program. Dr. Smith’s primary research interest is in the characterization of environmental exposures for studies of health effects.

He has served on a number of Institute of Medicine committees since 1992 and served in leadership roles for the original (1994) and updated (1996) Agent Orange reports. 22 EXPOSURE OF VETERANS TO AGENT ORANGE AND OTHER HERBICIDES Lauren Zeise, PhD, is Chief of the Reproductive and Cancer Hazard Assessment Section in the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment of the California Environmental Protection Agency. Dr. Zeise is a toxicologist who has published extensively in exposure assessment and cancer risk assessment.

Dr. Martinez received her doctorate from the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health. Kathleen Stratton, PhD, was Acting Director of the Board on Health Promotion and Disease Prevention of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) from 1997 to 1999. She received a BA in natural sciences from Johns Hopkins University and a PhD from the University of Maryland at Baltimore. After completing a postdoctoral fellowship in the neuropharmacology of phencyclidine compounds at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and in the neurophysiology of second-messenger systems at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, she joined the staff of IOM in 1990.

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