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Science on Trial : the Clash of Medical Evidence and the Law in the Breast Implant Case (96 Edition)

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"An accessible, passionate indictment of the ignorance, opportunism and social indifference that enriched lawyers and a few plaintiffs, though the available scientific evidence was against them". — New York Times Book Review Notable Books of 1996

In the early 1990s, sympathetic juries awarded huge damages to women claiming injury from silicone breast implants, leading to a $4.25 billion class-action settlement that still wasn't large enough to cover all the claims. Shockingly, rigorous scientific studies of breast implants have now shown that there is no significant link between breast implants and disease. Why were the courts and the public so certain that breast implants were dangerous when medical researchers were not? The answer to this question reveals important differences in the way science, the law, and the public regard evidence — and not just in the breast implant controversy.

"An indispensable guide to the breast implant madness-litigation that will forever stand as a monument to the inability of our civil justice system to sort out latter-day Ptolemies from Galileos". — Wall Street Journal

"(A) sober and rigorous examination of the controversy over silicone breast implants... an important statement, not just about silicone implants, but about other matters at the intersection of law, science, and opinion. (Dr. Angell's) book is... a warning that rationality, like much else in the fragile porcelain of society, can be weakened by lack of vigilance". — New York Times
-- "Marcia Angell's outstanding book explains clearly and fairly the combination of greed, fear, ignorance, junk science, and media hype that created this national litigation nightmare. Everyoneinterested in the tort system, science, and medicine should heed the lessons that Dr. Angell teaches". — Shirley M. Hufstedler, former U.S. Secretary of Education and former judge in the U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit

Synopsis:

In the early 1990s, sympathetic juries awarded huge damages to women claiming injury from silicone breast implants, leading to a $4.25 billion class-action settlement that still wasn't large enough to cover all the claims. Shockingly, rigorous scientific studies of breast implants have now shown that there is no significant link between breast implants and disease. Why were the courts and the public so certain that breast implants were dangerous when medical researchers were not? The answer to this question reveals important differences in the way science, the law, and the public regard evidence--and not just in the breast implant controversy.

About the Author

Marcia Angell is the executive editor of the New England Journal of Medicine.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780393316728
Preface:
Angell, Marcia
Afterword:
Angell, Marcia
Author:
Angell, Marcia
Publisher:
W. W. Norton & Company
Location:
London ;
Subject:
General
Subject:
Surgery
Subject:
Breast
Subject:
Administrative Law & Regulatory Practice
Subject:
Surgery - Plastic & Cosmetic
Subject:
Autoimmune diseases
Subject:
Products liability
Subject:
Breast implants
Subject:
Breast implants -- Complications.
Subject:
Products liability -- Breast implants -- United States.
Subject:
Products liability -- Breast implants.
Subject:
Law-Legal Guides and Reference
Publication Date:
19971131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
8.21x5.50x.67 in. .62 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , In the early 1990s, sympathetic juries awarded huge damages to women claiming injury from silicone breast implants, leading to a $4.25 billion class-action settlement that still wasn't large enough to cover all the claims. Shockingly, rigorous scientific studies of breast implants have now shown that there is no significant link between breast implants and disease. Why were the courts and the public so certain that breast implants were dangerous when medical researchers were not? The answer to this question reveals important differences in the way science, the law, and the public regard evidence--and not just in the breast implant controversy.
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