Commentary: complex disease--responding to the challenge

Coggon, David (2006) Commentary: complex disease--responding to the challenge. International Journal of Epidemiology, 35, (3), 581-583. (doi:10.1093/ije/dyl004).


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The thought-provoking paper by Buchanan et al.1 raises fundamental questions. Has epidemiology passed its zenith? If so, why? And what should be our response?

In its early years, epidemiology generated many important discoveries, but despite more sophisticated methods and much greater investment of resource, output over the past two decades has been less remarkable. This could be because today's epidemiologists are less competent than their predecessors, but while there is no doubting the innovation and application of those who pioneered the discipline, a substantial decline in standards seems unlikely. A more plausible explanation is that nowadays, major discoveries are harder to make.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1093/ije/dyl004
ISSNs: 0300-5771 (print)
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Keywords: epidemiology, risk factors, humans, chronic disease, adverse effects, molecular, environmental exposure, disease, genotype, review, etiology, epidemiologic methods, epidemiology
Subjects: R Medicine > RB Pathology
R Medicine
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Medicine > Community Clinical Sciences
ePrint ID: 61729
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Date Deposited: 08 Sep 2008
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 12:45

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