Tuesday, September 25, 2007

More on Epidemiology and the Public's Health

A recent article in the New York Times Magazine profiles the case of hormone replacement therapy as an example of the seemingly endless yo-yo cycle of medical research findings, and discusses whether or not we know what really makes us healthy. It's treatment of epidemiology is informed if a little focused on the negative.
clipped from www.nytimes.com
While the tools of epidemiology — comparisons of populations with and without a disease — have proved effective over the centuries in establishing that a disease like cholera is caused by contaminated water, as the British physician John Snow demonstrated in the 1850s, it’s a much more complicated endeavor when those same tools are employed to elucidate the more subtle causes of chronic disease.
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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Epidemiologists are paid by the p-value. They have figured out how to get p-values less than 0.05. Just test a lot of things.

10:34 PM  
Blogger Julep said...

oooooh, them's fightin' words.

9:08 PM  
OpenID murfomurf said...

Who cares what the p value is if no one will act on it? I am so sick of research being done by dimwits while researchers (like lil ol' me) can't get a decent job! I have been mightily pissed off for years now... Dear julep- are you getting a good job done while doing your degree?

1:17 AM  
Blogger Julep said...

Hmm. God knows I try.

10:03 AM  

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