Friday, June 3, 2011

'Some science' presented as 'all science'

This month's issue of Minnesota Medicine is all about topics related to flying. One paper, titled "Radiation Exposure and Air Travel: Should We Worry?," is written by two doctors and takes an even tone of science over emotion. However, the authors failed to mention that the airport scanners have not been tested independently and are not subject to the standards that medical devices are subject to. They don't reach any very broad conclusions, so, as a resource with a lot of citations, this article has some merit. But I do think that these authors are letting the TSA off the hook, even on the standing of pure science.