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September 1959

Clinical Epidemiology.

AMA Arch Intern Med. 1959;104(3):507-508. doi:10.1001/archinte.1959.00270090161023

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Epidemiology is not a pure science but a collective one, utilizing information from many disciplines to understand better the natural history of disease, whether infectious or noninfectious, as it relates to the environment, the host, and the parasite, or, as J. E. Gordon puts it, "the world, the flesh and the devil." The author of "Clinical Epidemiology" is well acquainted with all the facets of the subject and has for a long time carried on important studies in the field, using the laboratory as his handmaiden. Dr. Paul is also a teacher of preventive medicine and, like many of his confreres in his endeavor, has faced the problem of attempting to make epidemiology come alive, so to speak, to medical students. He has drawn illustrations of the epidemiological approach by emphasizing the clinical aspects of the subject and stressing the surroundings of the family and the factors that influence illness

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