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The Resource Hyping Health Risks : Environmental Hazards in Daily Life and the Science of Epidemiology

Hyping Health Risks : Environmental Hazards in Daily Life and the Science of Epidemiology

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Hyping Health Risks : Environmental Hazards in Daily Life and the Science of Epidemiology
Title
Hyping Health Risks
Title remainder
Environmental Hazards in Daily Life and the Science of Epidemiology
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eng
Summary
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 concerning which exposures have important effects on health and which are likely to have minimal or no effect. Kabat approaches health scares as "social facts" and shows that a variety of factors can contribute to the inflating of a hazard. These include skewed reporting by the media, but also, surprisingly, the actions of researchers who may emphasize certain findings while ignoring others; regulatory and health agencies eager to show their responsiveness to the health concerns of the public; and politicians and advocates with a stake in a particular outcome. By means of four case studies, Kabat demonstrates how a powerful confluence of interests can lead to overstating or distorting the scientific evidence. He considers the health risks of pollutants such as DDT as a cause of breast cancer, electromagnetic fields from power lines, radon within residences, and secondhand tobacco smoke. Tracing the trajectory of each of these hazards from its initial emergence to the present, Kabat shows how publication of more rigorous studies and critical assessments ultimately help put hazards in perspective
Cataloging source
MiAaPQ
LC call number
RA566.27 -- .K33 2008eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
Label
Hyping Health Risks : Environmental Hazards in Daily Life and the Science of Epidemiology
Link
http://ebookcentral.proquest.com/lib/multco/detail.action?docID=909610
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Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Cover -- Praise for Hyping Health Risks -- Title -- Copyright -- Dedication -- Epigraph -- Contents -- Preface -- Abbreviations -- 1: Introduction: Toward a Sociology of Health Hazards in Daily Life -- 2: Epidemiology: Its Uses, Strengths, and Limitations -- 3: Does the Environment Cause Breast Cancer? -- 4: Electromagnetic Fields: The Rise and Fall of a "Pervasive Threat" -- 5: The Science and Politics of Residential Radon -- 6: The Controversy Over Passive Smoking: A Casualty of the "Tobacco Wars" -- 7: Conclusion -- Appendix A: List of Interviews -- Appendix B: How Findings Can Be Reported in a Way That Puts Them in Perspective -- Appendix C: An Interview with the Author -- Notes -- Glossary -- Bibliography -- Credits -- Index
Control code
EBC909610
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unknown
Extent
1 online resource (257 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780231511964
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Note
Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, Michigan : ProQuest Ebook Central, 2017. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest Ebook Central affiliated libraries.
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unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (MiAaPQ)EBC909610
  • (Au-PeEL)EBL909610
  • (CaPaEBR)ebr10449814
  • (CaONFJC)MIL300849
  • (OCoLC)715160058
Label
Hyping Health Risks : Environmental Hazards in Daily Life and the Science of Epidemiology
Link
http://ebookcentral.proquest.com/lib/multco/detail.action?docID=909610
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Cover -- Praise for Hyping Health Risks -- Title -- Copyright -- Dedication -- Epigraph -- Contents -- Preface -- Abbreviations -- 1: Introduction: Toward a Sociology of Health Hazards in Daily Life -- 2: Epidemiology: Its Uses, Strengths, and Limitations -- 3: Does the Environment Cause Breast Cancer? -- 4: Electromagnetic Fields: The Rise and Fall of a "Pervasive Threat" -- 5: The Science and Politics of Residential Radon -- 6: The Controversy Over Passive Smoking: A Casualty of the "Tobacco Wars" -- 7: Conclusion -- Appendix A: List of Interviews -- Appendix B: How Findings Can Be Reported in a Way That Puts Them in Perspective -- Appendix C: An Interview with the Author -- Notes -- Glossary -- Bibliography -- Credits -- Index
Control code
EBC909610
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (257 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780231511964
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Note
Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, Michigan : ProQuest Ebook Central, 2017. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest Ebook Central affiliated libraries.
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (MiAaPQ)EBC909610
  • (Au-PeEL)EBL909610
  • (CaPaEBR)ebr10449814
  • (CaONFJC)MIL300849
  • (OCoLC)715160058

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