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Author Kabat, Geoffrey C.
Title Hyping health risks : environmental hazards in daily life and the science of epidemiology / Geoffrey C. Kabat.
Published New York : Columbia University Press, c2008.
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 Floor4  RA566.27 .K33 2008    IN LIBRARY
Description xvi, 250 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Note "A Caravan book"--T.p. verso.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. [221]-238) and index.
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.
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 about 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 inflaming of a hazard. ... By means of four case studies, Kabat demonstrates how a powerful confluence of interests can lead to overstating or distorting scientific evidence. He examines the health risks of pollutants sucha s 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 helped put the hazard in perspective.--Book jacket flap.
Subject Health risk assessment -- Social aspects -- United States.
Environmental health.
ISBN 9780231141482 (cloth : alk. paper)
0231141483 (cloth : alk. paper)
9780231511964 (e-book)
0231511965 (e-book)
OCLC number 202541380