Views And Reviews

Basic Epidemiology

BMJ 1994; 308 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.308.6926.483 (Published 12 February 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;308:483
  1. G D Smith

    Epidemiological studies have a high profile in the popular media as well as in serious medical journals. Media attention often accompanies studies that seem to contribute to the major goal of epidemiology identified in this book: “Discovering the causes of disease.” That a certain weariness is setting in, however, is illustrated by a recent report in the Guardian. Under the headline “Doctors add tea to a bewildering list of what is good for you” it is reported that “Doctors in Holland have found that a cup of tea seems to reduce the risk of heart attack.” The sceptics are reminded that people “have been told consistently to reduce alcohol intake, and then that red wine could be good for the heart.” Studies that bewilder the health conscious have led commentators to write articles …

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