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Title:
Letter from Joshua Lederberg to Paul O. Nees, Occidental Chemical Corporation Annotation pdf (53,460 Bytes) transcript of pdf
Letter from Joshua Lederberg to Paul O. Nees, Occidental Chemical Corporation
Description:
Item is handwritten. Item is a photocopy.
Number of Image Pages:
1 (53,460 Bytes)
Date:
1985-01-02 (January 2, 1985)
Creator:
Lederberg, Joshua
Recipient:
Nees, Paul O.
Occidental Chemical Corporation
Rights:
This item is in the public domain. It may be used without permission.
Relation:
Lederberg Grouping: Correspondence F
Box Number: 45
Folder Number: 116
Unique Identifier:
BBGCKK
Accession Number:
81
Document Type:
Letters (correspondence)
Language:
English
Format:
application/pdf
image/tif
Physical Condition:
Good
Series: Correspondence, 1935-2002
SubSeries: 1985-1999
Folder: Nees, Paul O.
Transcript:
Dr Paul O. Nees
Grand Island
[stamped, JAN 2 1985]
Love Canal birth weights
Paul --
I can't remember when I've seen a less satisfactory paper, just from the standpoint of data presentation.
Have you seen the data?
How many cases are there, year by year, to correspond to the 45 percent in 1950 and 3 percent in 1960.
A binary division greater than 2500 g vs. less than or equal to 2500 g. is really treacherous. What might the actual weights have been. One nurse's habits of how the weights are recorded (grams? ounces?) could alter the whole story.
But I am mainly concerned that only a handful of children constitutes the whole cohort of the 1950 swale [?], a matter
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nicely obscured.
I may want to ask Science why they published a paper so deficient in elementary details. But before I stick my neck out it would be good to see the raw numbers; and I ask you what is the best (most discreet) way to see them.
Yours,
Joshua.
1/3/85
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Annotation by Joshua Lederberg:
KW:  Love Canal brouhaha; birthweights. flawed data analysis;
[cf Lew Thomas report];

jl  1/25/00