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Bending Science: How Special Interests Corrupt Public Health Research
     

Bending Science: How Special Interests Corrupt Public Health Research

by Thomas O. McGarity, Wendy E. Wagner
 

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ISBN-10: 0674047141

ISBN-13: 9780674047143

Pub. Date: 03/15/2010

Publisher: Harvard

How reliable is the science that federal regulators and legislators use to protect the public from dangerous product? As this disturbing book shows, ideological or economic attacks on research are part of an extensive pattern of abuse. Bending Science makes a compelling case for reforms to safeguard both the integrity of science and the public health.

Overview

How reliable is the science that federal regulators and legislators use to protect the public from dangerous product? As this disturbing book shows, ideological or economic attacks on research are part of an extensive pattern of abuse. Bending Science makes a compelling case for reforms to safeguard both the integrity of science and the public health.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674047143
Publisher:
Harvard
Publication date:
03/15/2010
Pages:
400
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.80(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

1 Introduction 1

2 Why Bend Science?: The Players, the Setting, and the Consequences 20

3 Where Are the Scientists?: Distorting Science without Oversight or Penalty 44

4 Shaping Science: The Art of Creating Research to Fit One's Needs 60

5 Hiding Science: The Art of Concealing Unwelcome Information 97

6 Attacking Science: The Art of Turning Reliable Research into "Junk" 128

7 Harassing Scientists: The Art of Bullying Scientists Who Produce Damaging Research 157

8 Packaging Science: The Art of Assembling an Expert Group to Advance a Favored Outcome 181

9 Spinning Science: The Art of Manipulating Public Perceptions about Credible Science 204

10 Restoring Science: Forcing Bent Science Out into the Open 229

11 Reforming Science Oversight: Instituting More Vigorous Oversight Processes 259

12 Final Thoughts: A Broader Perspective on the Problem and the Prospects for Change 291

Notes 301

Index 377

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