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Is a Little Pollution Good for You?: Incorporating Societal Values in Environmental Research

Kevin Elliott


This book examines a variety of ways in which societal values can be more effectively integrated into the numerous judgments associated with policy‐relevant environmental research. It provides a detailed analysis of contemporary research on the hypothesis of hormesis (i.e., beneficial biological effects caused by low‐dose exposure to pollutants that are ordinarily toxic). On the basis of this analysis, as well as shorter case studies of endocrine disruption and multiple chemical sensitivity, the book proposes three lessons. First, university conflict‐of‐interest policies are significantly limi ... More

Keywords: hormesis, toxicology, environmental policy, low dose, chemical regulation, value judgments, conflict of interest, deliberation, ethics of expertise, research ethics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199755622
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199755622.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kevin Elliott, author
University of South Carolina