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Roles for Epidemiology : The Impact of Environmental Chemicals

By Neutra, Raymond R.

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Book Id: WPLBN0000162352
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Reproduction Date: 2005

Title: Roles for Epidemiology : The Impact of Environmental Chemicals  
Author: Neutra, Raymond R.
Language: English
Subject: Government publications, United Nations., United Nations. Office for Disarmament Affairs
Collections: Government Library Collection, Disarmament Documents
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Publisher: United Nations- Office for Disarmament Affairs (Unoda)


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Excerpt: The most dramatic applications of epidemiology to environmental exposures in recent times have been controversial and widely publicized. One thinks of the role of epidemiology at the Love Canal, Three Mile Island and as it relates to Agent Orange. These studies have been aimed primarily at testing the hypothesis of adverse health outcomes as a result of those exposures. The application of epidemiology to exposures from hazardous waste sites is particularly problematic because the sample size is usually too small to demonstrate the expected excess risk of cancer, malformations or prematurity. Subjective problems may be more common but are commonly discounted as being too subject to bias by the complex socioeconomic factors which usually operate. It is difficult to characterize the full range of single chemicals and chemical combinations to which the population is exposed in most waste sites. The exposure dosage is usually unknown, and the expected illnesses, given low exposures by unverified routes, are poorly specified. Thus the classic task of epidemiology is made difficult under these circumstances. In this presentation, I will explore some other potential roles for.


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