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By David E. Bernstein

Phantom hazards are hazards whose very lifestyles is unproven and maybe unprovable, but they elevate actual difficulties on the interface of technology and the legislation. Phantom chance surveys a dozen medical matters that experience resulted in public controversy and litigation - between them, miscarriage from using computer screen terminals, start defects in youngsters whose moms used the drug Bendectin, and melanoma from low-intensity magnetic fields, and from airborne asbestos. It offers the medical proof at the back of those and different concerns and summarizes the ensuing litigation.

targeting the nice disparity among the clinical proof that's adequate to arouse public fears and that had to identify a danger or its absence, those unique contributions probe the matter of clinical ambiguity in probability review, and the mayhem this creates within the courtroom.

even if the authors are in actual fact confident concerning the use of technological know-how to become aware of and assessment dangers, they realize the trouble of inferring cause-and-effect relationships from epidemiological (observational) facts and of inferring dangers to people from high-dose animal experiments, the 2 significant resources of facts. the ultimate bankruptcy stories the really tough challenge of ways the felony effect of disputes approximately phantom hazards could be lowered.

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