Politics and Science in the Laetrile Controversy

@article{Petersen1979PoliticsAS,
  title={Politics and Science in the Laetrile Controversy},
  author={J. Petersen and G. E. Markle},
  journal={Social Studies of Science},
  year={1979},
  volume={9},
  pages={139 - 166}
}
In an analysis of the dispute between the proponents of Laetrile and those opposing the substance, the Impact of both knowledge and value factors is explored. First, six related knowledge disputes are considered, with an emphasis on the difficulties of conflict resolution. It is suggested that when Laetrile supporters failed to obtain a favourable adjudication within the scientific community, they expanded the scope of the conflict through the use of the courts, state legislatures, and the… Expand
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