Epidemiology, epigenetics and the 'Gloomy Prospect': embracing randomness in population health research and practice.

@article{Smith2011EpidemiologyEA,
  title={Epidemiology, epigenetics and the 'Gloomy Prospect': embracing randomness in population health research and practice.},
  author={George Davey Smith},
  journal={International journal of epidemiology},
  year={2011},
  volume={40 3},
  pages={537-62}
}
Epidemiologists aim to identify modifiable causes of disease, this often being a prerequisite for the application of epidemiological findings in public health programmes, health service planning and clinical medicine. Despite successes in identifying causes, it is often claimed that there are missing additional causes for even reasonably well-understood conditions such as lung cancer and coronary heart disease. Several lines of evidence suggest that largely chance events, from the biographical… CONTINUE READING

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