- Hardcover: 388 pages
- Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (1 May 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 019530067X
- ISBN-13: 978-0195300673
- Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 2 x 15.2 cm
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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Doubt Is Their Product: How Industry's Assault on Science Threatens Your Health Hardcover – 1 May 2008
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...a powerful, thorough endictment of the way big business has ignored, suppressed or distored vital scientific evidence to the detriment of the public's health. (Nature)
About the Author
David Michaels is a scientist and former government regulator. During the Clinton Administration, he served as Assistant Secretary of Energy for Environment, Safety and Health. He was the architect of the historic initiative to compensate nuclear weapons workers who developed cancer and lung disease. He is currently Research Professor and Associate Chairman of the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health at The George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services and Professor, Albert Einstein School of Medicine, Mount Sinai School of Medicine. He lives in Bethesda, MD.
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This book has an important inspirational component and a get-to-work component that activists can use to make the workplace and environment safer. Michaels counsels us on practical means such as ending court sanctioned secrecy, allowing injured workers to sue their employees, develop better compensation systems, and ending pre-emption that harms public policy and public health.
The book includes a crucial chapter on concrete ways to improve the regulatory system so that it protects the majority rather than serving as a shield, flack, and apologist for corporate profits.
This is a must read for any law school course on administrative law, and for any college course on modern government. Its discussion of the asbestos industry--creator of the global mesothelioma scourge--is particularly apropos. Best of all, the book is well written, thoroughly researched, and righteous while being coolly objective.
Is it really worth the money and time they spend? Wouldn't it be cheaper just to find substitute products and protect their workers? In the process of avoiding responsibility, these industries are damaging true scientific analysis for decades to come.
David Michaels might be the only person who can present the facts so completely since he was directly involved with many of these situations.
I would especially suggest study of:
Chapter 13: Daubert: the Most Influential Supreme Court Ruling You've Never Heard Of
Chapter 14: The Institutionalization of Uncertainty
[The Data Access Act (Shelby) and the Data Quality Act]
a) The behaviors of some corporations, PR agencies, product defense organizations can get somewhat redundant. Hill & Knowlton created the tactics 50+ years ago and they've been widely employed.
b) But the legal issues in these two Chapters represent relatively recent changes in the law with profound effects. They (especially the Data Access Act) are now widely being used to harass climate scientists, for example.
I'm doing some light reading now. I'm hoping to pick the book up and finish it after I finish a 'fun' book.
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