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Lead in petrol and levels of lead in blood: scientific evidence and social policy

Elwood, Peter Creighton and Gallacher, John Edward 1984. Lead in petrol and levels of lead in blood: scientific evidence and social policy. Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health 38 (4) , pp. 315-318. 10.1136/jech.38.4.315

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Two aspects of the recent controversy about the health consequences of lead in petrol are considered. Firstly, the evidence is shown to be deficient, largely because the basic epidemiological principles of representative sampling, realistic measurement, and control of confounding variables were not followed so that valid conclusions cannot be drawn from most of the published studies. Secondly, the role of science appeared to be comprised by confusion between science per se and social policy. Relations between the two are explored, and it is concluded that confusing them reduces the contribution that science can make to effective social policy.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Medicine
Systems Immunity Research Institute (SIURI)
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Publisher: BMJ Publishing
ISSN: 0143-005x
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 07:52

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