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Science  17 Jan 2003:
Vol. 299, Issue 5605, pp. 348-349
DOI: 10.1126/science.1080783

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Risk and Reason. Safety, Law, and the Environment. Cass R. Sunstein. Cambridge University Press, New York, 2002. 352 pp. $30, £25. ISBN 0-521-79199-5.

Sunstein argues that considerations of risks to safety, health, and the environment often lead people to fear the wrong things and sometimes lead to actions that make the situation worse. Writing for a broad audience, he discusses the sources of such problems and explores approaches to avoiding them.