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Science on Trial : The Clash of Medical Evidence and the Law in the Breast Implant Case - Marcia Angell

Science on Trial

The Clash of Medical Evidence and the Law in the Breast Implant Case

Paperback Published: 1st November 1997
ISBN: 9780393316728
Number Of Pages: 268

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In the early 1990s, sympathetic juries awarded huge damages to women claiming injury from silicone breast implants, leading to a $4.25 billion class-action settlement that still wasn't large enough to cover all the claims. Shockingly, rigorous scientific studies of breast implants have now shown that there is no significant link between breast implants and disease. Why were the courts and the public so certain that breast implants were dangerous when medical researchers were not? The answer to this question reveals important differences in the way science, the law, and the public regard evidence-and not just in the breast implant controversy.

"An indispensable guide to the breast implant madness-litigation that will forever stand as a monument to the inability of our civil justice system to sort out latter-day Ptolemies from Galileos." -- Wall Street Journal "[A] sober and rigorous examination of the controversy over silicone breast implants ... an important statement, not just about silicone implants, but about other matters at the intersection of law, science, and opinion. [Dr. Angell's] book is ... a warning that rationality, like much else in the fragile porcelain of society, can be weakened by lack of vigilance." -- New York Times

Prefacep. 9
Acknowledgmentsp. 15
The Breast Implant Story: Once Over Lightlyp. 19
Breast Implants: What They Are and Who Has Themp. 33
The FDA Ban on Implants: Regulation in Modern Americap. 50
The Rush to Court: Litigation and More Litigationp. 69
Scientific Evidence: What It Is and Where It Comes Fromp. 90
Science in the Courtroom: Opinions without Evidencep. 111
Greed and Corruption: All That Free Moneyp. 133
Americans and Health News: The Alarm of the Dayp. 154
Breast Implants and the Rejection of Science: Other Ways of Knowingp. 177
Where We Stand ... and for How Longp. 192
Notesp. 211
Indexp. 247
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ISBN: 9780393316728
ISBN-10: 0393316726
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 268
Published: 1st November 1997
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.85 x 13.97  x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.28
Edition Number: 1