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.
KeywordsToxicity Benzene Assure Toxicology OSHA
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