- Paperback: 294 pages
- Publisher: K-Selected Books; 1st edition (2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0984182705
- ISBN-13: 978-0984182701
- Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,485,219 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Wind Turbine Syndrome: A Report on a Natural Experiment Paperback – 2009
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It's a truly atrocious bit of scribbling. Given its unscientific basis and muddleheaded conclusions, it should belong to the fiction section. Wind turbine syndrome does not exist, it isn't recognised by any medical or scientific body.
As other reviewers have pointed out, there was no genuine scientific investigation conducted, just some anecdotes collected and likely "enhanced" by the author to obtain the desired outcome.
If you are thinking of buying this book, don't. Save some trees.
The weaknesses and flaws:
Dr. Pierpont asked people who specifically blamed wind turbines for their various complaints to contact her. This is selection bias and fundamentally makes her work deeply flawed.
Dr. Pierpont directly interviewed 23 people. She accepted anecdotal evidence about a further 15 people. She directly talked to no children. From this she generated 68 pages of charts, graphs and tables including statements of direct medical impacts on children. The sample size is far too small to generate any statistics from, or to subdivide and articulate separate impacts except in the vaguest of ways, and the acceptance of anecdotal evidence from obviously biased sources is medically unacceptable. Yet Dr. Pierpoint does this. This too makes her work deeply flawed.
Dr. Pierpont's original 'peer reviewers' are relatives and friends with no expertise in acoustics, epidemiology or medicine. Her work is not peer reviewed, and has never been submitted or accepted for peer review by any credible journal. Any work that does not gain solid peer review by accredited, broadly accepted and cited medical journals, especially years after initial publication, must be considered on par with snake oil salesmen. Post-publication, she has gained additional supporters whom she terms 'peer reviewers' in direct contradiction of the accepted meaning of that term, all of whom have a significant history of attacking wind turbines with any means available.
The studies which prove Dr.Read more ›
You will do much better to read the formal reviews and see how a hierarchy of evidence is more robust for making public health decisions than an assortment of anecdotes which confuses annoyance and a strongly held prior belief with causation.
Otherwise do some basic studies in epidemiology and then enjoy highlighting the litany of biases and errors this book contains. It's a doozy.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Other references not included in the book include: (1) Wind Turbines can be Hazardous to Human Health by Alec N. Salt, Ph.D. Read morePublished on March 19, 2014 by Hill Country Bob
Just like a good lawyer should be able to defend any view point (from that of rapists to mass murderers), this book is a mild attempt to defend the views of anti-wind aggressors... Read morePublished on January 28, 2014 by Marju Tonisson
I would urge you to save your money and spend it more wisely on books that have some credibility and make a reasonable attempt at showing facts over fiction and myths.Published on January 27, 2014 by Don Ross
I was researching the toxicity of alternate energy systems after having a toxic electromagnetic exposure from a high powered solar photovoltaic system. Read morePublished on February 4, 2013 by Steven Magee
Ah the wind turbine lobby is out in force today. Just like their erstwhile cousins of the 50s and 60s- the tobacco lobby 'academics' that told us of the BENEFITS of cigarette... Read morePublished on July 21, 2012 by Elliot Davis
Wind turbine syndrome proponents claim infrasound is causing symptoms like nausea, headaches, drowsiness and sleep deprivation. Read morePublished on May 21, 2012 by Madge