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Books, Journals, New Media
April 2, 2003

Industrial Pollution

Author Affiliations

Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor: Harriet S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA; David H. Morse, MS, University of Southern California, Norris Medical Library, Journal Review Editor.

JAMA. 2003;289(13):1706-1707. doi:10.1001/jama.289.13.1706

Ironically, on the day this book arrived for review, a congressional report documenting the Bush administration's influence on the lead poisoning advisory committee at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was released.1,2 Corporate influence has now invaded numerous, supposedly neutral, scientific bodies in the federal governmental structure, and proindustry advocates are being appointed to many positions after "litmus test" vetting of candidates, often following precipitous dismissals of standing members.2-5 Over the short period during which this book was read, similar actions, such as those involving the study section of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health6 and the advisory committee to the National Center for Environmental Health, came to light and stirred editorials in leading scientific publications around the world.7,8