Causation: The elusive grail of epidemiology

@article{Karhausen2000CausationTE,
  title={Causation: The elusive grail of epidemiology},
  author={L. Karhausen},
  journal={Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy},
  year={2000},
  volume={3},
  pages={59-67}
}
  • L. Karhausen
  • Published 2000
  • Medicine, Psychology
  • Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy
  • The paper discusses the evolving concept of causationin epidemiology and its potential interaction with logic and scientific philosophy. Causes arecontingent but the necessity which binds them totheir effects relies on contrary-to-fact conditionals,i.e. conditional statements whose antecedent is false.Chance instead of determinism plays a growing role inscience and, although rarely acknowledged yet, inepidemiology: causes are multiple and chancy; a priorevent causes a subsequent event if the… CONTINUE READING
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