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Protecting America's Health by Philip J. Hilts
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Mar 05, 2011

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The book specifically follows the history of the FDA, but it is a must read for anyone who would like to understand how the legitimate regulatory role of government interacts with the political process. The book does an excellent job of explaining how the political process undermines science (though the author then launches into a small polemic against the right when the anti-scientific nature of social persuasion is more insidious than that).

If one has only a few minutes to get the broader message from this book, I would suggest chapters 13 and the epilogue. For more about how the new science of risk interacts with policy and political decision making, I would suggest Science Policy, Ethics, and Economic Methodology by Shrader-Frechette.

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