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In Search of Safety: Chemicals and Cancer Risk / Edition 1
     

In Search of Safety: Chemicals and Cancer Risk / Edition 1

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by John D. Graham, Laura C. Green, Marc J. Roberts
 

ISBN-10: 0674446364

ISBN-13: 9780674446366

Pub. Date: 04/01/1991

Publisher: Harvard

Most public controversies about the effects of chemicals on human health revolve around the risk of cancer—hardly surprising, considering that it is the second leading cause of death in the United States. People are concerned about the dangers of carcinogens in air, water, and food, and they expect their representatives in government to protect them from such

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Most public controversies about the effects of chemicals on human health revolve around the risk of cancer—hardly surprising, considering that it is the second leading cause of death in the United States. People are concerned about the dangers of carcinogens in air, water, and food, and they expect their representatives in government to protect them from such hazards. On the other hand, the economic costs of eliminating every suspected carcinogen from the environment would cause tremendous economic hardship. How should policymakers use science to help strike a balance between the benefits of lowering the risk of cancer and the economic costs of regulation?

In this important book the authors squarely address the complex interaction of science and regulatory policy. They begin by clarifying the scientific issues that are central to regulatory decisions, then explain how and why scientists can honestly disagree about these issues. They demonstrate with two cogent case studies: the heated debates about formaldehyde and benzene, both useful but potentially toxic chemicals. By examining how scientists evaluated the risks from these chemicals, and what kinds of legislative, administrative, and judicial decisions emerged from the evaluations, the authors furnish insight into the checks and balances of health-risk regulation.

They point out that overselling science in this context is harmful to both science and democracy. Their final chapter proposes creative methods for constructing a bridge between the scientist and the regulator that will be invaluable to anyone concerned about health risks.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674446366
Publisher:
Harvard
Publication date:
04/01/1991
Edition description:
REPRINT
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

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In Search of Safety: Chemicals and Cancer Risk 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
the book search for safety by john longer is the book you would like to read because it has some of the saddest momentsthat alot of families go through.What i most think about the book is that it's really beautiful that it would make you want to cry. I really recommendyou to read this amazing book.Trust me you open it you would like to keep on going to the last page.