Doubt Is Their Product: How Industry's Assault on Science - download pdf or read online

By David Michaels

ISBN-10: 0199719764

ISBN-13: 9780199719761

"Doubt is our product," a cigarette govt as soon as saw, "since it's the top technique of competing with the 'body of fact' that exists within the minds of most of the people. it's also the technique of constructing a controversy."

In this eye-opening exposé, David Michaels finds how the tobacco industry's duplicitous strategies spawned a multimillion buck that's dismantling public well-being safeguards. Product safeguard experts, he argues, have more and more skewed the medical literature, synthetic and magnified medical uncertainty, and stimulated coverage judgements to the benefit of polluters and the brands of risky items. to maintain the general public burdened concerning the risks posed by way of worldwide warming, second-hand smoke, asbestos, lead, plastics, and lots of different poisonous fabrics, executives have employed unscrupulous scientists and lobbyists to dispute clinical facts approximately healthiness dangers. In doing so, they've got not just not on time motion on particular dangers, yet they've got developed boundaries to make it tougher for lawmakers, govt businesses, and courts to answer destiny threats.

The Orwellian technique of pushing aside learn carried out via the medical neighborhood as "junk science" and raising technological know-how performed by means of product safeguard experts to "sound science" prestige additionally creates confusion in regards to the very nature of medical inquiry and undermines the public's self belief in science's skill to handle public future health and environmental issues Such reckless practices have lengthy existed, yet Michaels argues that the Bush management deepened the disorder by way of almost delivering regulatory corporations to the very company powers whose items and behaviour they're charged with overseeing.

In Doubt Is Their Product Michaels proves, past a doubt, that our regulatory procedure has been damaged. He deals concrete, doable feedback for the way it may be restored by way of taking the politics out of technology and making sure that problem for public safeguard, instead of inner most gains, publications our regulatory coverage.

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Lead was in the sky above and the mud below and the waters, too. But not now. Here we have one of the great public health triumphs of the twentieth century. The business with the aromatic amines was frustrating and unnecessary, asbestos a needless tragedy that killed hundreds of thousands around the world, and Big Tobacco the ultimate outrage, but with the health hazards posed by lead the newly empowered regulatory system actually worked—haltingly and over the bitter opposition of the industry.

27 Selikoff is the most prominent figure in the entire asbestos saga (perhaps in tandem with Paul Brodeur, whose lengthy article four years later in the New Yorker brought Dr. Selikoff and the asbestos scandal and crisis to national attention28 and whose subsequent 1985 book, Outrageous Misconduct, is one of the seminal works in the field4). Almost predictably, the industry tried to silence Dr. Selikoff. Immediately after the conference, industry lawyers wrote to him and urged caution in public discussion of the relationship between asbestos and mesothelioma.

It has supported a series of well-known researchers, the first of whom was Dr. 44,47 Hueper joined DuPont in 1934, more than a year after writing an unsolicited memorandum to Ire´ne´e du Pont, great-grandson of E. I. 50 Early in his tenure as a DuPont toxicologist, he requested permission to visit the Chambers Works. In his unpublished memoirs he recorded his shocked reaction at some length: When the betanaphthylamine [BNA] experiment had been well under way for several months, I requested that I should be shown the incriminated operation in the Chambers Works, so that I could form an enlightened judgment of the occupational hazard.

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