The 1948 Nobel Prize in Medicine went to Paul Müller, who discovered DDT's power as a persistent insecticide that could greatly reduce typhus epidemics and other hazards. The Nobel presentation speech makes the case for DDT's value, and selections from Rachel Carson's "Silent Spring" offer evidence of DDT's hazards. Students wrestle the question of whether the chemical did indeed deserve the honor it received. For more literacy activities and modules, visit: https://coretools.ldc.org
Pesticides: Blessing, Curse, or Both?