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What Risk? : Paperback Edition - Roger Bate

What Risk?

Paperback Edition

By: Roger Bate (Editor)

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Published: 9th March 1999
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Whether the public or the environment is at risk is a commonly discussed question in numerous areas of public life, most recently and publicly with regard to issues like BSE, passive smoking and the dangers from pesticides in food production. It is therefore of great importance for everyone concerned with these issues - both policy makers and the public who may be subject to their decisions - to understand the basis on which 'risk' policy is made. The principle objective of this book is to highlight the uncertainties inherent in 'scientific' estimates of risk to the public and the environment resulting from exposure to certain hazards.


Numerous examples of potential and real hazards are given. They all show that injury to personal health or the environment is a function not only of the toxicity (i.e. the lethality of a particular hazard) but of the level of exposure to the hazard concerned - in the words of the old maxim, the dose makes the poison.
Existing regulation is criticized for being based on a flawed application of a poor epidemiological methodology, where toxicity is the basis of regulation and dose tends to be ignored. Furthermore, some authors conclude that risk is a subjective phenomenon that cannot be eliminated through regulation.
Leading international expert authors and contributors
Mass-media launch on publication
Important new commercial and H&S area of interest

"A collection of learned scientists, professors of epidemiology, radiology, pharmacology, microbiology, from Yale, Stockholm, Berkeley, London, Harvard, Glasgow, have published an astonishing book edited by (Roger) Bate. What Risk? Seems to show that our favourite phobias are either irrational or exaggerated." - THE DAILY TELEGRAPH

"It is not often that one comes across a book that reads like the smell of fresh air after being cooped in a smell room; such a book is this." - SAFETY AND HEALTH PRACTITIONER

"I strongly recommend every chemist to read its step-by-step refutation of nine popular myths." - CHEMISTRY IN BRITAIN

"This stimulating book considers the likely effects resulting from the emission of small quantities of potentially harmful toxins into the environment and how these substances should be controlled. A number of specific substances are chosen by the authors, including benezene, asbestos, environmental tobacco smoke, ionising radiation and and dioxins. Nine authors have contributed to the book. Their aim is to bring to the attention of a wider audience scientific literature that may have been overlooked. The book achieves this in a thought-provoking style and is an ideal reference text for those involved in risk management." - OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH
'I strongly recommend this book to all engineers and scientists, as a whiff of sanity in a minefield of risk regulations.'
SIR BERNARD CROSSLAND, HAZARDS FORUM

'Topical and controversial, a striking paperback.'
OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH, MAY 1999

'An impressive array of alternative and authoritative views on these controversial matters has just been published in a book called 'What Risk? Published on behalf of the independent European Science and Environment Forum, 'What Risk?' consists of chapters written by experts prepared to question the fundamental assumptions behind many public health scares.' - THE SUNDAY TELEGRAPH

Forewordp. vii
Prefacep. x
Executive summaryp. xvi
Acknowledgmentsp. xviii
Biographiesp. xix
Methodologyp. 1
Thresholds for carcinogens: a review of the relevant science and its implications for regulatory policyp. 3
Biases introduced by confounding and imperfect retrospective and prospective exposure assessmentsp. 37
Problems with very low dose risk evaluation: the case of asbestosp. 50
Science
Benzene and leukaemiap. 73
Is environmental tobacco smoke a risk factor for lung cancer?p. 96
Beneficial ionizing radiationp. 151
Pollution, pesticides and cancer misconceptionsp. 173
Interpretation of epidemiological studies with modestly elevated relative risksp. 191
The risks of dioxin to human healthp. 201
Science Policy
Public policy and public health: coping with potential medical disasterp. 221
How are decisions taken by governments on environmental issues?p. 242
Commentaries
Should we trust science?p. 261
The proper role of science in determining low-dose hazard, and appropriate policy uses of this informationp. 267
Perception
Mass media and environmental risk: seven principlesp. 275
Cars, cholera, cows, and contaminated land: virtual risk and the management of uncertaintyp. 285
Glossaryp. 315
About ESEFp. 318
Mission statementp. 321
Authors' addressesp. 323
Indexp. 327
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ISBN: 9780750642286
ISBN-10: 0750642289
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 9th March 1999
Publisher: Elsevier Science & Technology
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.39 x 15.62  x 2.01
Weight (kg): 0.54
Edition Type: New edition