Lessons from John Graunt

@article{Rothman1996LessonsFJ,
  title={Lessons from John Graunt},
  author={K. Rothman},
  journal={The Lancet},
  year={1996},
  volume={347},
  pages={37-39}
}
Correspondence to: Dr K J Rothman, Epidemiology, 1 Newton Executive Park, Newton Lower Falls, MA 02161, USA John Graunt, 17th century citizen of London, thought of himself as a haberdasher. History knows him, however, as the first epidemiologist and demographer. He made his mark because he grasped the potential in an overlooked data source of his day-the weekly Bills of Mortality-and he mined this resource admirably in his only scientific work. His book, published 333 years ago, was a slim… Expand
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