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Korean Journal of Preventive Medicine 1993;26(1): 126-136.
Environmental pullution related health problems reported in newspapers.
Soo Hun Cho, Sun Min Kim, Sung Il Cho
1Department of Preventive Medicine, Seoul National University College of Medicine, Korea.
2Department of Epidemiology, School of Public Health, Seoul National University College of Medicine, Korea.
To understand the possible hazards to health from the environmental pollution in Korea, the articles reported in 16 daily newspapers were collected and analyzed. From 1980 to 1991, ninety three cases were reported. Statistics show that, during the last 2 years, there has been a remarkable increases of health problems reported. The main sources of pollution were plants and the transportation facilities. Except the noise, the exact causative factors were, for the most part, not clearly described. Although many residents complained of neurological symptoms, the exact effects on health were not clearly investigated. The responses of the residents were diverse in the contents of the demand and the method of its pushing, however, the government did not show immediate and consistent counterplans.
Key words: Environmental pollution; Health problem; Newspaper
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