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Risk in public health and clinical work
  1. M Ortendahl
  1. Correspondence to:
 M Ortendahl
 Malma Backe 3 H, 756 47 Uppsala, Sweden;monicaortendahl{at}hotmail.com

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I read with interest the article by Grill and Hansson1 on epistemic paternalism in public health. It focuses on the important issue of the patient’s right to know and receive information about uncertain threats to public health. However, health and environmental scientists, professional risk managers and the general public strongly disagree about the seriousness of many risks.2 Moreover, risk is an intricate concept to give information about.

There are framing effects, …

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