Jane M. Hightower, M.D., is a board certified internal medicine physician in San Francisco, California. She published a landmark study that brought the issue of mercury in seafood to national attention. She continues to publish scientific papers and give lectures on the subject.
"Diagnosis: Mercury...sheds light on a system in which money trumps good science and responsible government." --Publishers Weekly "Hightower's impressive book is an extension of her own path of discovery and research about mercury in our fish supply." --Seattle Post-Intelligencer ..".A voyage of discovery that led this idealistic physician into the murky waters of corporate cover-ups and conflicting science, bemused colleagues and corrupt officials, mass poisonings and what may be a widespread but obstinately unrecognised problem for ordinary consumers. She relates that voyage, and the surprising history of mercury, crisply and, for the most part, clearly in Diagnosis: Mercury.... I defy anyone not to be angry by the end of this book." --New Scientist "Not content with discovering mercury-contaminated food as the reason for her patients' strange symptoms, Jane Hightower follows the threads even further. Driven by curiosity, courage, and pure persistence, she enters a messy world of science and public environmental health contaminated with money and special interests. This tale is for every citizen of the world." --Ted Schettler, science director, Science and Environmental Health Network "Dr Hightower's intriguing tale takes us from her physician's office to sites of mercury poisoning and through the halls of Congress where public policy will determine our future exposure to this heavy metal. Throughout, she shows how important it is to understand mercury's wide-ranging health effects and the urgent need to set stricter limits on the amount of this known neurotoxin emitted from coal-fired power plants, which contaminates the fish we eat." --Paul R. Epstein, M.D., M.P.H., Center for Health and the Global Environment, Harvard Medical School "Dr. Hightower passionately argues that we still need numbers and hard facts; without them consumers cannot make appropriate informed choices. Hightower has worked long and hard on this fight to make the dangers of mercury public and this important new book highlights the long and lonely quest she has fought to help get us where we are today." --Senator Patrick Leahy