Living close to industry

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.310.6976.398 (Published 11 February 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:398
  1. Owen L Lloyd
  1. Professor Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Department of Public Health and Occupational Medicine, United Arab Emirates University, PO Box 17666, Al Ain, United Arab Emirates

    EDITOR,—Ian Harvey describes some of the difficulties of determining whether living close to industry harms people's health.1 Scottish studies that colleagues and I carried out during the 1970s and 1980s used several techniques for sharpening the focus on this type of epidemiology of small areas.2 3

    Firstly, when studying air pollution from local industries, beware overreliance on traditional fixed monitoring sites, which are usually too few and inappropriately located. Concentrations of air pollutants from a fume stack change dramatically within short distances, so …

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