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Commentary: complex disease--responding to the challenge

Coggon, David (2006) Commentary: complex disease--responding to the challenge International Journal of Epidemiology, 35, (3), pp. 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.

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Published date: 2006
Keywords: epidemiology, risk factors, humans, chronic disease, adverse effects, molecular, environmental exposure, disease, genotype, review, etiology, epidemiologic methods


Local EPrints ID: 61729
ISSN: 0300-5771
PURE UUID: 0b5c4f4b-cf80-4f54-8875-ea66d596c932
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Date deposited: 08 Sep 2008
Last modified: 17 Jul 2017 14:21

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