Inhalation Hazards: The Interpretation of Epidemiologic Evidence
This paper deals with the interpretation of fepidemiologic evidence, with special attention to inferences about causes (inhaled toxicants) and effects (impact on human health). I am quite convinced that epidemiologic evidence cannot be interpreted in isolation from other kinds of evidence. Thus, animal studies and clinical investigations, in particular, will be discussed in detail. I will show one way to integrate all of these forms of information by integrating the great strengths of epidemiology with strengths of other approaches. Finally, I will show how relevant, but possibly flawed, epidemiologic data can be used to resolve some of the important issues of public health and public policy.
KeywordsEpidemiologic Evidence American National Standard Institute Health Endpoint Governmental Industrial Hygienist Inhalation Hazard
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