Technology and Non-Evident Risk – A Contribution to Prevention
CHAPTER I – Technopathogeny – The Phenomenon
CHAPTER I Technopathogeny – The Phenomenon ‘From the price of progress to the priceless progress’ I. The discovery of a phenomenon still undescribed More than three decades ago we began our research having as leitmotiv the protection of human health from non-evident and non-acceptable technological risk. This beginning led to learning about a new phenome- non. Upon realising its relevance, magnitude and scope, in 1984 we created a specific program: Programa de Investigación Calidad Biológica y Biopatológica del Entorno Humano (PROCABIE) (Biological and Biopathological Quality of Human Environment Research Program) (Eguiazu & Motta, 1991). This program was originally called Programa de Investigación de la Calidad Biológica y Ecotoxicológica del Entorno Humano (Biological and Ecotoxicological Quality of Human Environ- ment Research Program) since the concept of biopathological – which we would later use and whose fundamentals we will explain when we re- fer to the characteristics of neoplastic disease – was still not understood. The concept of biopathological is more precise and goes beyond the idea of ecotoxicological, which is, in turn, related to Ecology. The scientific fundamentals of the program were outlined in 1985, at the 12th Argentine Symposium on Mycology (San Luis, Argentina, Oc- tober 9th to 12th). They were presented in a paper which dealt with the origin and prophylaxis of mycotoxins and their connection with the technological modification of primeval grain. These fundamentals were later consolidated in 1988 in the International Congress of Toxicology (Buenos Aires, April 11th to 15th) in a paper dealing with...
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