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OLS Field Name OLS Field Data
Main Title Evidence for the Influence of Sulfur Oxides and Particulates on Morbidity.
CORP Author Health Effects Research Lab., Research Triangle Park, NC. Environmental Toxicology Div.
Year Published 1978
Report Number EPA/600/J-78/101;
Stock Number PB-294 919
Additional Subjects Morbidity ; Toxicology ; Sulfur oxides ; Reviews ; Humans ; Oxides ; Sulfur inorganic compounds ; Epidemiology ; Air pollution ; Physiological effects ; Public health ; Reprints ; Toxic substances ; Particulates ; Air pollution effects(Humans) ; Illnesses ; Environmental health
Library Call Number Additional Info Location Last
NTIS  PB-294 919 Most EPA libraries have a fiche copy filed under the call number shown. Check with individual libraries about paper copy. 06/23/1988
Collation 21p
The review puts into perspective the relationship of human morbidity to the occurrence of sulfur oxides and related particulates in the atmosphere. There is no question that such a relationship exists. But the many problems of terminology and technology make a precise and unequivocal interpretation of the data impossible. Most of the morbidity data come from epidemiologic studies; air pollution epidemiology is undeniably a multidisciplinary endeavor with all the problems inherent therein; its interpretation, when recognizing these problems, can provide a holistic view that is greater than the sum of its components. Any single study in air pollution epidemiology could lead equally qualified, honest individuals to widely divergent interpretations. The data must, therefore, be interpreted in a critical, but open-minded fashion that recognizes methodologic problems and leans toward qualitative conclusions rather than straining for rigid quantitative results. This evidence provides a basis into which can be inserted the more quantitative data from animal toxicology, in vitro metabolic studies, and clinical research that lead to the final judgmental process of developing regulatory policy.