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  1. Epidemiology and the web of causation : has anyone seen the spider ?

    Article - En anglais

    Multiple causation'is the canon of contemporary epidemiology, and its metaphor and model is the « web of causation. » First articulated in a 1960 U.S. epidemiology textbook, the « web » remains a widely accepted but poorly elaborated model, reflecting in part the contemporary stress on epidemiologic methods over epidemiologic theories of disease causation.

    This essay discusses the origins, features, and problems of the'web, including its hidden reliance upon the framework of biomedical individualism to guide the choice of factors incorporated in the « web. » Posing the question of the whereabouts of the putative « spider, » the author examines several contemporary approaches to epidemiologic theory, including those which stress biological evolution and adaptation and those which emphasize the social production of disease.

    Mots-clés Pascal : Etude théorique, Epidémiologie, Classe sociale, Inégalité, Article synthèse, Sociologie, Homme, Etats Unis, Amérique du Nord, Amérique

    Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Theoretical study, Epidemiology, Social class, Inequality, Review, Sociology, Human, United States, North America, America

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    Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique

    Cote : 94-0624931

    Code Inist : 002B30A01A1. Création : 09/06/1995.