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Risk, Chance, and Causation : Investigating the Origins and Treatment of Disease,9780300188844

Risk, Chance, and Causation : Investigating the Origins and Treatment of Disease

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1st
ISBN13:

9780300188844

ISBN10:
0300188846
Format:
Trade Book
Pub. Date:
6/18/2013
Publisher(s):
Yale University Press
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Summary

The press and other media constantly report news stories about dangerous chemicals in the environment, miracle cures, the safety of therapeutic treatments, and potential cancer-causing agents. But what exactly is actually meant by "increased risk"-should we worry if we are told that we are at twice the risk of developing an illness? And how do we interpret "reduced risk" to properly assess the benefits of noisily touted dietary supplements? Demonstrating the difficulty of separating the hype from the hypothesis, noted epidemiologist Michael Bracken clearly communicates how clinical epidemiology works. Using everyday terms, Bracken describes how professional scientists approach questions of disease causation and therapeutic efficacy to provide readers with the tools to help them understand whether warnings of environmental risk are truly warranted, or if claims of therapeutic benefit are justified.

Author Biography

Michael B. Bracken is the Susan Dwight Bliss Professor of Epidemiology at Yale University. He is a founder of the evidence-based medicine and health care movement and a former president of the Society for Epidemiological Research and of the American College of Epidemiology.


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