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Getting Risk Right: Understanding the Science of Elusive Health Risks

Geoffrey C. Kabat


Do cell phones cause brain cancer? Does BPA threaten our health? How safe are certain dietary supplements, especially those containing exotic herbs or small amounts of toxic substances? Is the HPV vaccine safe? We depend on science and medicine as never before, yet there is widespread misinformation and confusion, amplified by the media, regarding what influences our health. In Getting Risk Right, Geoffrey C. Kabat shows how science works—and sometimes doesn't—and what separates these two very different outcomes. Kabat seeks to help us distinguish between claims that are supported by solid sci ... More

Keywords: Health risks, Epidemiology, environmental exposures, chemicals in the environment, radiofrequency waves, cognitive biases, false positives, bandwagon processes, scientific method, risk assessment

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780231166461
Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231166461.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Geoffrey C. Kabat, author
Albert Einstein College of Medicine