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A dry scholastic text in which the author churns numbers till all the meaning is gone. May 21, Elizabeth rated it it was ok Shelves: whitman. Read preface, most of chapter 1, part of chapter 3, chapter 6 and chapter 8.
Really hard to read more than three pages without getting really distracted or dozing off. The topic was interesting enough but not written concisely enough to be engaging.
Mar 05, Elizabeth Blackwell added it. Very interesting, easy to read and understand. Great to help you for a research paper.
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But the controversy manufactured by industry propaganda continues to confound understanding of the chemical role in these diseases and add uncertainty about what actions to take. New research and heightened public advocacy are challenging established ways of doing business, both scientific and industrial.
Brown has also been directly involved in community health work and ends on an uplifting note about the power of collective advocacy: stories about scientists, environmentalists, and health activists who have successfully advocated for precautionary policies in professional associations, municipalities, and entire nations.
But any such progress is an uphill fight. In the midst of uncertainty, we are faced with choices—often between the political and the personal.
Not that this is necessarily bad—other than the wasteful scam of selling water in plastic bottles—but as Szasz illustrates, many of us come to feel that protecting ourselves is enough. Like the fallout shelters of the s, our self-quarantine gives us a false sense of security, Szasz argues. We distance ourselves from the source of the problem without addressing its roots.
Neither the author nor Columbia University Press is responsible for URLs that may have expired or changed since the manuscript was prepared. Many people are critical of the long-dominant biomedical model that emphasizes the centrality of genetic makeup and individual lifestyle practices. It was a piece of sociological research in the service of the affected people. Few sympathetic professionals were available; the scientific knowledge base was weak; government agencies were largely unprepared; laypeople were not listened to as bearers of useful knowledge; and ordinary people lacked their own resources and organizations for discovery and action. Abstracts are available for non-subscribed journals.
Protecting ourselves and working for broader change are not exclusive, but the latter is a messier proposition.