The Tell Tale Heart

Timoteo Marchini

Affiliation: El Gato y la Caja, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Keywords: Toxic fog, Air pollution, Sciences and Humanities, Heart

Categories: Humanities, Social Sciences and Law, Life Sciences

DOI: 10.17160/josha.7.5.713

Languages: English

During the first week of December 1952, a dense toxic fog settled over London, resulting in a total excess of 4,000 deaths compared to the previous week. The magnitude of this event, in terms of the number of people affected, finally confirmed that air pollution caused by human activities can be deadly. For the first time in history, humans became aware of the urgent need of building a relationship with the environment that achieves, in addition to their own development, their survival. The Great London Fog of 1952 is a milestone in air pollution epidemiology and environmental toxicology. This is the story. Previously published at: on July 23rd 2018.

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