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Fiber types, asbestos potency, and environmental causation: a peer review of published work and legal and regulatory scientific testimony.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  19496487     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Scientific evidence and analysis offered in litigation and public policy testimony have an important role in occupational and environmental health, but are not subject to peer review. Critique and commentary, attempts at reproduction of results, and review of data offered in such testimony is essential. Peer review of such testimony should become part of the domain of medical and scientific journals. This paper is an effort to peer review the use of certain scientific methods in tort litigation and in testimony before regulatory agencies. In this issue of IJOEH, Azuma et al. show that background asbestos exposures can be considered to have caused mesothelioma. In contrast, epidemiologic studies and testimony by Teta et al. and Price and Ware, and pathologic studies and testimony by Roggli and others, claim that background exposures are benign. These are fatally flawed because of methodological and analytic errors.
David Egilman
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  International journal of occupational and environmental health     Volume:  15     ISSN:  1077-3525     ISO Abbreviation:  Int J Occup Environ Health     Publication Date:    2009 Apr-Jun
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-06-05     Completed Date:  2009-07-23     Revised Date:  2009-08-06    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9505217     Medline TA:  Int J Occup Environ Health     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  202-28     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Community Medicine, Brown University, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Asbestos / adverse effects*,  analysis
Bias (Epidemiology)
Environmental Exposure / adverse effects*,  analysis
Environmental Monitoring / methods
Lung Neoplasms / chemically induced,  epidemiology*
Mesothelioma / chemically induced,  epidemiology*
Middle Aged
Peer Review*
Public Policy
SEER Program
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Erratum In:
Int J Occup Environ Health. 2009 Jul-Sep;15(3):248

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