The DDT story: Environmentalism over rights to health and life

Donald R. Roberts*

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The insecticide DDT proved to be a potent tool in the control of insect vectors of human pathogens and directly led to the saving of many lives throughout the world during the middle of the 20th century. Reaction to environmental concerns over the use of DDT and other insecticides led to ban on the use of DDT. The cost-benefit outcome of this decision is discussed in light of the re-emergence of many vector-borne diseases over the last several decades.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationVector Biology, Ecology and Control
PublisherSpringer Netherlands
Number of pages11
ISBN (Print)9789048124572
StatePublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • DDT
  • Environment
  • Mosquito control
  • Toxicology


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