By Thomas Saunders
The final century observed a dramatic raise in urban-related health problems. bad workplace layout, evident lighting fixtures and undesirable air flow, gave upward thrust to the "Sick development Syndrome", and seriously polluted, built-up environments, ended in the expansion of asthma and bronchial asthma. The aptly titled Boiled Frog Syndrome offers a necessary, city survival consultant, delivering recommendations and treatments to our inner-city malaise. This quantity is a vital advisor for architects and concrete planners. The publication deals leading edge layout ideas to wrestle the unwanted effects on occupants' wellbeing and fitness, permitting the architect to layout and construct more healthy and relaxing city environments.
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Early studies suggesting that about 50 per cent of the staff susceptible to the malaise, the majority of whom were either women or lowpaid employees, led ofﬁce managers and the medical profession to conclude that the health problems were attributable exclusively to a phantom ‘malingerer’s complaint’ rather than anything to do with the building environment, especially as, in most cases, the buildings were new. The establishment’s reaction is not so surprising since, as will be shown later, similar accusations have been levelled against workers who developed the more serious symptoms of myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME – or chronic fatigue syndrome) as well as repetitive strain injury (RSI), upper limb disorders and chemical and electrical sensitivities.
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