Summary of Part I: Presentations and Discussions

  • Bruno Horisberger
  • Rolf Dinkel
Part of the Health Systems Research book series (HEALTH)


The first speakers focused on the importance of evaluating risks, in general, and health risks, in particular. They traced how man has taken both known and unknown risks in order to find new options and to make progress both in culture and technology. They observed that a society which only considers safety in the face of risk would cease to develop, and innovation would be hindered if not halted. By weighing risk against benefits, we have created and employed the concept of “acceptable risk.”




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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • Bruno Horisberger
    • 1
  • Rolf Dinkel
    • 2
  1. 1.Interdisciplinary Research Centre for Public HealthSt. GallenSwitzerland
  2. 2.HealthEcon Ltd.BaselSwitzerland

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