To Spray or Not to Spray : A Debate Over Malaria and DDT

TitleTo Spray or Not to Spray : A Debate Over Malaria and DDT
Publication TypeCase Study
Year of Publication2001
Date Published03/2001
PublisherNational Center for Case Study Teaching in Science, University at Buffalo
Publication Languageeng
KeywordsBIOLOGY , chemical , CHEMISTRY , DDT , dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane , disease , ENVIRONMENTAL ethics , MALARIA , MEDICINE , pesticide , PRECAUTIONARY , public safety , RISK , SCIENCE , United
AbstractIn this case study, students grapple with the complex issues surrounding the use of DDT to control malaria in the developing world. In their examination of the issue, students consider risk/benefit analysis and the precautionary principle, two techniques used when making policy decisions involving the impact of science and technology on society. The case has been used in a senior honors seminar for both majors and non-majors dealing with the nature and impact of science and technology on society as well as in an organic chemistry course for science majors.
NotesCase from the National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science, University of Buffalo. http://sciencecases.lib.buffalo.edu/cs/
URLhttp://sciencecases.lib.buffalo.edu/cs/collection/detail.asp?case_id=406&id=406
Abbreviated Case NameTo Spray or Not to Spray
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