The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and other government agencies have attempted to assess the dangers certain chemicals pose to humans by giving megadoses of those chemicals to fish, birds, rabbits, mice, rats, and other animals. But are such studies relevant in determining whether the chemicals pose a threat to humans? Are there questions about the validity and predictive value of these experiments? In this path-breaking study, Professor Wildavsky explores such questions and how current testing procedures impact government policy.
Aaron B. Wildavsky was Class of 1940 Professor of Political Science and Public Policy and Founding Dean of the Graduate School of Public Policy at the University of California Berkeley, and President of the California Association of Scholars.