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Florence Williams

Florence Williams writes about health and the environment from her home in Washington, D.C. Her book Breasts: A Natural and Unnatural History won the 2013 Los Angeles Times Book Prize in Science & Technology and was named a Notable Book of 2012 by the New York Times.

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Stories by Florence Williams
November 25, 2013
We’ve known for years that lead seriously impairs early childhood development. Now scientists are finding that our kids’ brains are at risk from a barrage of other common chemicals.
September 17, 2012
A review of Kristen Iversen's new book about growing up in the nuclear shadow of Rocky Flats, Colorado.
August 26, 2010
Wouldn't it be better if we could channel our sociability to solve complex environmental problems -- if, in short, we thought more like honeybees? A review of Peter Miller's The Smart Swarm.
February 28, 2010
A review of Rebecca Skloot's The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
May 28, 2009
Are we truly living better through chemistry, or only barely?
December 1, 2008
Let's Do What Plants Do
June 1, 2007
Florence Williams reviews Linda Nash's Inescapable Ecologies: A History of Environment, Disease, and Knowledge.
December 1, 2006
Florence Williams reviews this new book by Andrew D. Blechman