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Risks can also be categorised as normal or abnormal

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: (Published 07 December 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:1483
  1. Dick Madeley, Professor clinical virology
  1. Public Health Laboratory, Institute of Pathology, Newcastle General Hospital, Newcastle upon Tyne NE4 6BE

    EDITOR,—Kenneth C Calman's article on science and society and the communication of risk opens a much needed debate on the public perception of risk.1 It defines many of the words used in the assessment of risk, but I would suggest that a further factor that is implicit might be added, though maybe it should be more explicit. To Calman's concept of pairs of terms …

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