WHAT RISK? SCIENCE, P

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Whether the public or the environment is at risk is a commonly discussed question in numerous areas of public life, most recently and publicly with regard to issues like BSE, passive smoking and the dangers from pesticides in food production. It is therefore of great importance for everyone concerned with these issues - both policy makers and the public who may be subject to their decisions - to understand the basis on which 'risk' policy is made. The principle objective of this book is to highlight the ...
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Overview

Whether the public or the environment is at risk is a commonly discussed question in numerous areas of public life, most recently and publicly with regard to issues like BSE, passive smoking and the dangers from pesticides in food production. It is therefore of great importance for everyone concerned with these issues - both policy makers and the public who may be subject to their decisions - to understand the basis on which 'risk' policy is made. The principle objective of this book is to highlight the uncertainties inherent in 'scientific' estimates of risk to the public and the environment resulting from exposure to certain hazards.
It is not often that one comes across a book that reads like the smell of fresh air after being cooped in a smell room; such a book is this.
--Safety & Health Practitioner
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Chemistry In Britain
I strongly recommend every chemist to read its step-by-step refutation of nine popular myths.
Daily Telegraph
A collection of learned scientists, professors of epidemiology, radiology, pharmacology, microbiology, from Yale, Stockholm, Berkeley, London, Harvard, Glasgow, have published an astonishing book edited by (Roger) Bate. What Risk? Seems to show that our favourite phobias are either irrational or exaggerated.
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Part of the effort by the European Science and Environment Forum to provide the media and the public with its perspective on current debates about environmental and personal risks, and to point out countervailing studies that are overlooked. The contributors are primarily concerned with highlighting the uncertainties inherent in scientific estimates of risk and with bringing the notion of dose as well as toxicity into questions of regulating substances. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780750638104
  • Publisher: Butterworth-Heinemann
  • Publication date: 10/1/1997
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.39 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Executive summary
Acknowledgements
Biographies
I Methodology 1
1 Thresholds for carcinogens: a review of the relevant science and its implications for regulatory policy 3
2 Biases introduced by confounding and imperfect retrospective and prospective exposure assessments 37
3 Problems with very low dose risk evaluation: the case of asbestos 50
II Science
4 Benzene and leukaemia 73
5 Is environmental tobacco smoke a risk factor for lung cancer? 96
6 Beneficial ionizing radiation 151
7 Pollution, pesticides and cancer misconceptions 173
8 Interpretation of epidemiological studies with modestly elevated relative risks 191
9 The risks of dioxin to human health 201
III Science Policy
10 Public policy and public health: coping with potential medical disaster 221
11 How are decisions taken by governments on environmental issues? 242
IV Commentaries
12 Should we trust science? 261
13 The proper role of science in determining low-dose hazard, and appropriate policy uses of this information 267
V Perception
14 Mass media and environmental risk: seven principles 275
15 Cars, cholera, cows, and contaminated land: virtual risk and the management of uncertainty 285
Glossary 315
About ESEF 318
Mission statement 321
Author's addresses 323
Index 327
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