Health in the Headlines

Health in the Headlines : The Stories Behind the Stories

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Reporting on health risks is rarely simple and straightforward. Scientific findings are often complex and ambiguous, and relatively few journalists have special training in science or medicine. Sources of information are often biased, and there is constant pressure to convert dry, technical material into compelling, readable stories, thus news reports are often frightening as well as confusing. This book illuminates the tangle of science, politics, and economics that often obscures health reporting, focusing on seven major stories: EDB, radon, nuclear power, the greenhouse effect, AIDS, cholesterol, and smoking. In each section the author recounts how the story developed and evaluates how the press performed. He returns to each of the cases to extract specific lessons and guidelines for identifying and understanding the stories behind the stories that make the news. The books should be of interest to general readers, journalists, health policy makers and more

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  • Hardback | 256 pages
  • 142.24 x 210.82 x 22.86mm | 453.59g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0195052986
  • 9780195052985

About Stephen Klaidman

About the Author: Stephen Klaidman, a Fellow at the Kennedy Institute of Ethics, Georgetown University, was a journalist for twenty-three years with The New York Times, The Washington Post, and the International Herald more

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Knowing when to be afraid; How EDB spoiled Bill Ruckelshaus' Christmas; Radon: A tale of two towns; Nuclear power: How safe is safe enough?; The greenhouse issue heats up; AIDS: A missed opportunity; Cholesterol: What's in a number; Blowing more

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