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Scientific Controversies: Case Studies in the Resolution and Closure of Disputes in Science and Technology.

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Edited by Engelhardt H. T., Caplan A.. . 639 pages. Cambridge University Press; , Cambridge: , 1987.. $59.50.

Ann Intern Med. 1987;107(5):793-794. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-107-5-793_2
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A book on scientific controversies usually is concerned with one of two subjects. Philosophers of science write about the role controversies play in the development of scientific knowledge, focusing on epistemology and the manner in which we define scientific truth and scientific progress. Political scientists and legal academics write about political controversies that center on scientific issues, emphasizing the difficulties of policy-making when science is imperfect. Both types of books acknowledge the special place of scientific knowledge in our society, but the policy analysts and philosophers rarely talk. Thus the books on epistemology do not address policy decisions, and books


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