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Cellular Phones, Public Fears, and a Culture of Precaution

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: (Published 29 January 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:292
  1. Stuart W G Derbyshire, assistant professor (
  1. University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, USA

    Earlier this month UK government scientists released a report dripping with equivocation over the issue of mobile phone safety. The Advisory Group on Non-Ionising Radiation provided no evidence that mobile phones or transmission masts harmed health but called, anyway, for more research and a cautionary approach meanwhile ( While the report stated that the published research “does not give cause for concern,” it nevertheless endorsed a previous recommendation of limiting children's exposure to mobile phones. In the absence of any evidence that mobile phones pose a risk, such cautionary advice boils down to a …

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