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Galileo's revenge : junk science in the courtroom

Author: Peter W Huber
Publisher: [New York, N.Y.] : Basic Books, ©1991.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Expert" witnesses claim a luxury car accelerates when you step on the brake, though no defect is ever found. Whooping cough vaccine, said to cause brain damage and death, is almost removed from the market, though thirty years of epidemiological studies attest to its safety. Cerebral palsy cases, using electronic fetal monitoring (EFM) as evidence, flood the courts, despite overwhelming proof that EFM does not
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Peter W Huber
ISBN: 0465026230 9780465026234
OCLC Number: 23767354
Description: viii, 274 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: pt. I. The Lawyer and the Scientist Trade Places. Ch. 1. Liability Science: Better Living Through Litigation. Ch. 2. The Science of Things That Aren't So: Junk Science and Its Origins --
pt. II. Law and Pseudoscience. Ch. 3. The Midas Touch: How Money Causes Disease. Ch. 4. Sudden Acceleration: Runaway Panic in the Mass Media. Ch. 5. Gadgets and Knives: Cashing In on Magical Cures. Ch. 6. No Immunity: Chemicals Cause Everything. Ch. 7. Nausea: The Massed Legal Attack. Ch. 8. The Paranoia Plebiscite: The Legal Pursuit of Fad Terrors. Ch. 9. Harmonious Coupling: Ignoring the Environment --
pt. III. The Rule of Fact. Ch. 10. The Cargo Cult: Does Liability Science Work? Ch. 11. Stopping Points: Confronting Malpractice on the Witness Stand. Ch. 12. Science and Certitude.
Responsibility: Peter W. Huber.
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A scathing indictment of the growing role of junk science in our courtrooms. Peter W. Huber shows how time and again lawyers have used--and the courts have accepted--spurious claims by so-called  Read more...

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