Risk-benefit Analysis

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Harvard Center for Risk Analysis, 2001 - Medical - 370 pages
Over the centuries, mankind has slowly reduced the risks and hazards that even as recently as a century ago kept life expectancy to a mere 45 years. Our average life span has improved to 77 years by remarkable progress in public health and safety. But with this improvement has come a demand for greater efforts to improve both life expectancy and the quality of life. The first edition of this book, published in 1982, was a pioneer in the development of logical, yet simple, analytic tools for discussion of the risks which we all face. This new edition, revised, expanded, and illustrated in detail, should be of value both to professionals in the field and to those who wish to understand these vital issues.

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Contents

Methods of Risk Calculation and Estimation
25
Uncertainty and Variability
81
Perception of Risks
99
Formal Comparison of Risk and Benefit
135
Managing and Reducing Risks
147
Lists of Risks
191
Bibliography
265
Some Famous Quotations
311
Application of EPAs Hazardous Waste
317
Procedure Used for Age Adjustment by NCHS
333
Evaluating the LungCancer Risks Due to Smoking
341
Epilog
363
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About the author (2001)

Richard Wilson is Mallinckrodt Professor of Physics at Harvard University.

Edmund A. C. Crouch is Principal, Cambridge Environmental, Inc.

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