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Books, Journals, New Media
April 13, 2005


Author Affiliations

Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor: Harriet S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA; Journal Review Editor: Brenda L. Seago, MLS, MA, Medical College of Virginia Campus, Virginia Commonwealth University.

JAMA. 2005;293(14):1798-1802. doi:10.1001/jama.293.14.1798-b

Innovations in medicine are usually perceived in terms of physical objects, such as new drugs and diagnostic and therapeutic devices. Yet the greatest innovations, including pathology and the germ theory, revolutionized basic concepts of health and disease. The Framingham Heart Study, more than any other, popularized the concepts that diseases are multicausal and that the etiological factors, called risk factors, are more usefully considered as increasing the risk of disease than as directly causing disease. The story of Framingham is told in A Change of Heart, by Daniel Levy, the current director of the study, and journalist Susan Brink.

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