"The most alarming of all man's assaults upon the environment is the contamination of air, earth, rivers, and sea with dangerous and even lethal materials," Rachel Carson wrote in her iconic 1962 book, Silent Spring.
To Carson, the insecticide DDT was an "elixir of death" that poisoned living things and ecosystems. Her book, which fueled the 60s environmental movement, also led to the U.S. DDT ban in the early 1970s. Public health professionals still recognize DDT as a powerful weapon for limited use against mosquito-borne malaria in developing nations.
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