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Vaccination: A Case Study in Risk Policy

A meeting on ‘Risk, Democratic Citizenship and Public Policy’ was organised jointly by the British Academy and the Academy of Medical Sciences. The conference brought together researchers to examine the issues that arise in the making of public policy decisions on questions of risk and safety, and to present the contribution that the social sciences and humanities can make to the understanding of those issues. In the following extract from his paper, Professor Peter Lachmann FRS, President of the Academy of Medical Sciences, discusses the perception of risk and the variation in the degrees of public tolerance towards medical intervention as compared with other risky activities.

• Peter Lachmann

The whole article can be downloaded as a PDF file.

Published in Review, July-December 2001.