Case Studies in Forensic Epidemiology / Edition 1by Sana Loue
Pub. Date: 07/31/2002
Publisher: Springer US
Epidemiology has often been defined as the study of the distribution of disease, together with the distribution of factors that may modify that risk of disease. As such, epidemiology has often been reduced to a methodology only, providing a mechanism for the study of disease that is somehow removed, separate and apart from the populations that serve as its focus.… See more details below
Epidemiology has often been defined as the study of the distribution of disease, together with the distribution of factors that may modify that risk of disease. As such, epidemiology has often been reduced to a methodology only, providing a mechanism for the study of disease that is somehow removed, separate and apart from the populations that serve as its focus. Epidemiology, however, is much more than that. The discipline p- vides a way of perceiving and knowing the world, and of relating to the c- munities whose health and disease patterns we are trying to understand. As such, its usefulness extends past the construction of questionnaires, the detective work inherent in tracing the source of an infection or the analysis of data. Rather, epidemiology serves as a point of reference and a linkage between various domains of reality: in the courtroom, between a com- nity’s injuries and those alleged to be responsible for those violations; between the community striving to effectuate changes to improve its health and environment and the lawmakers and policymakers whose actions may dictate or control the likelihood of that change; and between “mainstream” populations and those who become or remain marginalized and stigmatized due to disease or perceived disease.
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Table of Contents
1. Epidemiology in the Courtroom: Dissonant Goals, Divergent Processes. 2. Case Study One: The Silicone Breast Implant Litigation. 3. Case Study Two: The E. Coli Investigation. 4. Epidemiology, Legislation, and Rulemaking. 5. Case Study Three: The FDA and Silicone Breast Implants. 6. Case Study Four: The Regulation of Tobacco. 7. Law, Epidemiology, and Community Organization and Advocacy. 8. Case Study Five: Alcohol and Drunk Driving. 9. Needle Exchange Program. 10. Epidemiology, Law, and Social Context. 11. Case Study Seven: Sex, Gender, and Sexuality. 12. Case Study Eight: The Medical use of Marijuana. Index.
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'Case studies in Forensic Epidemiology is an important and valuable contribution to the literature in this field. It is an interesting, well organized, and easy to read book that continues Dr. Loue's good work in bridging the gap between the scientific and legal communities. The case studies chosen for this book highlight the impact and importance of this emerging profession to the fields of science, healthcare, and the law and to the welfare of society more broadly.'