Epidemiological Reservations about Risk Assessment

  • Richard Peto
Part of the Basic Life Sciences book series


The term risk assessment is used to describe three quite different types of activity, two of which are reasonably well-founded, and one of which is not. The fundamental problem is, of course, that reliable evidence of human hazard exists for only a few dozen of the thousands of chemicals that are of potential concern. Where it does exist, there should, in principle, be no great difficulty in using it, although the long-running arguments about the risks associated with various levels of radiation illustrate the gap that can exist between principle and practice.


Risk Assessment Human Papilloma Virus Lung Cancer Risk Hormonal Factor Cigarette Consumption 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1985

Authors and Affiliations

  • Richard Peto
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  1. 1.Radcliffe InfirmaryOxfordEngland

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