Invited commentary: social mechanisms, race, and social epidemiology.

  title={Invited commentary: social mechanisms, race, and social epidemiology.},
  author={Carles J M Muntaner},
  journal={American journal of epidemiology},
  volume={150 2},
  pages={121-6; discussion 127-8}
In the leading article in this issue of the Journal, Kaufman and Cooper (1) attempt to elucidate why social epidemiology has allegedly failed to provide explanations for the associations between social factors and disease. Their main argument is that the assumptions of counterfactual models routinely used in observational studies are not adequate for testing social factors. The authors illustrate their argument with the concept of race, on the grounds that using race in counterfactual models… CONTINUE READING

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