The Residential Environment: Housing and Health

  • Donald Vesley


The home environment is considered by most people to be a safe haven and a refuge from the hazards encountered in the world at large. It is also the place where people spend the majority of their time, and for the elderly and infirm, almost all of their time. In this chapter I will review the myriad ways in which that home environment can pose hazards to one’s health and some of the intractable societal problems involved in providing decent housing to the economically underprivileged among us.


Blood Lead Level Urban Renewal Residential Environment Dwelling Unit Residential Fire 
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References related to minimum housing standards, the CDC statement on childhood lead poisoning and new trends in urban redevelopment are as follows

  1. Mood, E. (Ed.) 1986. Housing and Health: APHA-CDC Recommended Minimum Housing Standards. American Public Health Association. Washington, D.C.Google Scholar
  2. CDC, 1991. “Preventing Lead Poisoning in Young Children.” A statement by the CDC. William L. Roper, M.D., Director.Google Scholar
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1999

Authors and Affiliations

  • Donald Vesley
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  1. 1.Division of Environmental and Occupational Health, School of Public HealthUniversity of MinnesotaUSA

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