Electromagnetic Fields and Epidemiology

  • David Hafemeister


This chapter examines possible health threats from power line electromagnetic fields (EMFs) by examining physical mechanisms that might cause cancer. This is followed with epidemiology approaches to show how statistical connections between health effects and pollution exposure might be established.


Electromagnetic Field Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Power Line Childhood Leukemia Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • David Hafemeister
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  1. 1.Department of PhysicsCalifornia Polytechnic State UniversitySan Luis ObispoUSA

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