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A compilation of two articles—The Magic Mineral and The Enigmatic Enzyme—that first appeared in The New Yorker. The Magic Mineral was the first major article ever published about the health hazards of exposure to asbestos fibers. It served as a road map for trial lawyers who would bring the greatest toxic tort litigation in the history of American jurisprudence against the asbestos industry

The Enigmatic Enzyme described the health hazards posed by exposure to household detergents containing flesh-eating enzymes that had found their way into 50 million American households. Within weeks of its publication, the Food and Drug Administration launched an investigation, and the three leading detergent manufacturers—Proctor & Gamble, Colgate Palmolive, and Lever Brothers—removed the enzymes from their products.