Philosophy of Epidemiology

Authored by: Alex Broadbent

The Routledge Companion to Philosophy of Medicine

Print publication date:  October  2016
Online publication date:  October  2016

Print ISBN: 9781138846791
eBook ISBN: 9781315720739
Adobe ISBN: 9781317519850

10.4324/9781315720739.ch23

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Abstract

Epidemiology is the study of the distribution and determinants of disease and other health states in human populations by means of group comparisons for the purpose of improving population health (Broadbent 2013, 1). But this definition does not make obvious the distinctive character of epidemiology, nor its philosophically interesting aspects.

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