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Hyping health risks : environmental hazards in daily life and the science of epidemiology

Author: Geoffrey C Kabat
Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press, ©2008.
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The media constantly bombard us with news of health hazards lurking in our everyday lives. But many of these hazards turn out to have been greatly overblown. According to author and epidemiologist Geoffrey C. Kabat, this hyping of low-level environmental hazards leads to needless anxiety and confusion on the part of the public about which exposures have important effects on health and which are likely to have  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Geoffrey C Kabat
ISBN: 9780231141482 0231141483 9780231511964 0231511965
OCLC Number: 202541380
Notes: "A Caravan book"--Title page verso.
Awards: Winner of Outstanding Academic Title 2017
Description: xvi, 250 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction : toward a sociology of health hazards in daily life --
Epidemiology : its uses, strengths, and limitations --
Does the environment cause breast cancer? --
Electromagnetic fields : the rise and fall of a "pervasive threat" --
The science and politics of residential radon --
The controversy over passive smoking : a casualty of the "tobacco wars" --
Conclusion.
Responsibility: Geoffrey C. Kabat.
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The media constantly bombard us with news of the health hazards that lurk in our everyday lives. But, many of these hazards, even some that provoke regulatory action, have been greatly overblown.  Read more...

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The book can engage and enlighten regarding the complex context in which known and suspected health risks are identified, explored, and acted on. -- Barbara Gastel, M.D., M.P.H The New England Read more...

 
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