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Epidemiologic Evidence for Toxic Effects of Occupational and Environmental Chemicals on the Testes

ByLowell E. Sever

Interest is increasing regarding the potential reproductive effects of exposure to occupational and environmental chemicals. From concerns about teratogenic ef­ fects of such chemicals, attention has expanded to examine reproductive toxicity in males and females. Awareness of the effects of environmental and occupation­ al chemical exposures on male reproductive function has increased. This is a re­ sult of animal studies and of occupational exposures in which toxic substances made workers sterile and/or impotent. Issues of reproductive toxicology promise to be major ones in environmental and occupational health in the decade to come.