Louis-René Villermé (1782–1863), a pioneer in social epidemiology: re-analysis of his data on comparative mortality in Paris in the early 19th century

  title={Louis-Ren{\'e} Villerm{\'e} (1782–1863), a pioneer in social epidemiology: re-analysis of his data on comparative mortality in Paris in the early 19th century},
  author={Cabrera Julia and Alain-Jacques Valleron},
  journal={Journal of Epidemiology \& Community Health},
  pages={666 - 670}
  • C. Julia, A. Valleron
  • Published 18 September 2009
  • Medicine
  • Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health
Background During the early 19th century, contagionists' and anti-contagionists' explanations of disease causes opposed one another, and the Hippocratic miasma theory still predominated. According to that theory, geographic health disparities could be explained by topographical factors: differences in altitude, population density or proximity to a river. This article summarizes the life of Louis-René Villermé (1782–1863) and his major contributions to social epidemiology that proved the… 

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