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Risk, Chance, and Causation: Investigating the Origins and Treatment of Disease

Michael B. Bracken


The press and other media constantly report news stories about dangerous chemicals in the environment, miracle cures, the safety of therapeutic treatments, and potential cancer-causing agents. But what exactly is meant by “increased risk”—should we worry if we are told that we are at twice the risk of developing an illness? And how do we interpret “reduced risk” to properly assess the benefits of noisily touted dietary supplements? Demonstrating the difficulty of separating the hype from the hypothesis, the author of this book clearly communicates how clinical epidemiology works. Using everyda ... More

Keywords: media, chemicals, environment, miracle cures, therapeutic treatments, illness, environmental risk, dietary supplements, clinical epidemiology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780300188844
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300188844.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael B. Bracken, author