Just catching up with posting things from this year, here’s an editorial in The Lancet from Paul Fine, Andy Haines and me. We argue that epidemiology is the unsung hidden hand, whose techniques underpin a huge chunk of our causal reasoning about the world. It has helped to guide technical specialties like economics, but it’s also vital to everday lay thinking around what’s good for our health, or bad for us: and so it should be taught in schools. As I said yesterday, Bad Science and Bad Pharma are both essentially epidemiology textbooks with bad guys.
I think the piece should be readable for free on this link if you register, but if that’s changed let me know, and I’ll hopefully be allowed to pay for it to be Open Access.
This piece was part of the bicentenary celebrations for John Snow at LSHTM, and there was a two day conference with some amazing talks, from some of the most important people in epidemiology. Those are all online, at the link below, and I’ll pull out some of the best for blog posts next year: