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Dictionary of Health Economics

BMJ 1999; 319 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.319.7223.1506 (Published 04 December 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:1506
  1. Anna Donald, clinical lecturer
  1. University College London, and clinical editor, Clinical Evidence

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    Alan Earl-Slater

    Radcliffe Medical Press, £19.95, pp 164

    ISBN 1 85775337 2

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    Is economics really a “dismal science” (the sobriquet used by John Maynard Keynes and others during the great depression but first thought to be used by Lord Carlyle) with limited relevance to patient care? I thought it was until I studied it and was embarrassed by my previous disdain.

    Certainly economics, like epidemiology, is a partial lens that does not always reveal important information. For example, supply and demand curves do not always …

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