Pondering public health and purity

Weir, Erica
December 2007
CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal;12/4/2007, Vol. 177 Issue 12, p1620
Academic Journal
The author offers reflection on the issue concerning the quest for purity in terms of public health. The issue on the health risk due to exposure to excessive lead in the selected toys in the market has been pointed out. She inflects that the quest for purity can get anyone into trouble. She suggests that attributable fraction of risk factors should be included in any reasonable discussion about risk in terms of public health.


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