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Concepts of EpidemiologyIntegrating the ideas, theories, principles and methods of epidemiology$
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Raj Bhopal

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199543144

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199543144.001.0001

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Cause and effect

Cause and effect

The epidemiological approach

(p.123) Chapter 5 Cause and effect
Concepts of Epidemiology

Raj S. Bhopal

Oxford University Press

This chapter argues that the most important aim of epidemiology is to generate and use cause and effect theories to break the links between disease and its causes and to improve public health. The misapplication of theory may have serious repercussions including deaths on a mass scale, while the proper application of theory can transform the control of disease. Topics discussed include causality in science and philosophy; epidemiological causal strategy and reasoning; and models of cause in epidemiology.

Keywords:   control of disease, causality in science, public health, disease, causation

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