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The relation of risk to exposure

Geoffrey Rose

in Rose's Strategy of Preventive Medicine

Published in print January 2008 | ISBN: 9780192630971
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780191723551 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192630971.003.0003
The relation of risk to exposure

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This chapter discusses the dose-effect relationship. It identifies two issues concerning the shape of the dose-effect relationship that are critical for preventive policy: How much of the burden of ill health is compressed within an identifiable group where high exposure carries a high personal risk? Is there an exposure threshold below which risk is negligible and can be ignored? Both these questions require us to look at the whole ranges of both exposure to causes and health outcomes.

Keywords: public health; preventive medicine; dose-effect relationship; high exposure

Chapter.  4393 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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