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Regardless of the subtitle, this isn't the center quantity of an extended alphabetically sequence, yet a stand-alone anthology of nineteen unique experiences. students of clinical, environmental, and social sciences disguise the overuse of antibiotics at the farm; international matters pertaining to genetically transformed vegetation; the technological know-how, tradition, and heritage of hormone substitute remedy and menopause; and smallpox and bioterrorism. Their objective is to assist readers take into consideration the problems relating to how technology and expertise impact their day-by-day lives.

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This is straightforward: pesticide manufacturers support pesticides; automobile manufacturers support road building; doctors support medical intervention. If a controversy is associated with a product or practice, the group almost always lines up accordingly. In the debate about the benefits and risks of pesticides, pesticide manufacturers defend pesticides and criticize alternatives. In debates about transportation planning, automobile manufacturers defend cars and roads and do little to advocate bike paths or public transportation.

Few group members take the time to carefully assess evidence and arguments on both sides. They simply follow cues from their superiors, perhaps taking note of materials prepared by their side. The pharmaceutical and agricultural industries have developed interests in the regular use of animal antibiotics. Therefore it is entirely predictable that industry organizations and individuals will support this practice. org) comments and articles criticizing the claim that animal and human antibiotic resistance are closely associated.

Attacks One of the less savory aspects of controversies is the exercise of power against opponents. For example, the nuclear industry has threatened, 46 martin reprimanded, compulsorily transferred, demoted, dismissed, and blacklisted employees who have exposed safety violations (Freeman 1981). The epidemiologist Thomas Mancuso was funded by the Atomic Energy Commission to do a study of the effects of low-level ionizing radiation; when he didn’t come up with the findings that the commission preferred, it used a biased review process to withdraw his funding (Bross 1981, 217–22).

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