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Epidemiology as a liberal art: from graduate school to middle school, an unfulfilled agenda by Michael B. Bracken (Yale).
Annals of Epidemiology 03/2014; 24(3):171-3
Alarmingly, despite all the ...
Alarmingly, despite all the above-mentioned flaws in reporting of clinical research, it is still of a far higher standard than the reporting and conduct of animal research, as stroke research group Camarades (www.Camarades.info) has found: 'This lack of advanced scientific methods leaves many questions about the value of animal research unanswered' - Professor Michael Bracken, Yale University.
Writing in the British Medical ...
Writing in the British Medical Journal, Dr Pandora Pound and Michael Bracken, Professor of Epidemiology at Yale University Schools of Public Health and Medicine, advise that: "urgent attention needs to be paid to the quality of animal research for important reasons.
A 19th century cartoon used as the image for the book cover of Risk, Chance, and Causation by Yale University's Michael Bracken piqued our curiosity more than usual when we learn about new books.
The Epidemiology Monitor
questioned Mike Bracken
new book, and here is what he
had to say.
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Epi Monitor: The book has a humorous image on the cover for an epidemiology book.
What is that image and why was it selected?
Bracken: James Gilray is a famous satirical cartoonist working at the turn of the 18 th century and in this
: I hoped to write a book that explored for the public the work of epidemiologists.
The public faces a tsunami of misinformation about the value of therapies and the risks of environmental and life-style exposures.
: We all take risks every day without giving much thought to the pros and cons, or weighing alternatives.
: We epidemiologists talk about risk and chance and causation continuously in our daily work, often without spending too much time analyzing them in depth.
: The hardest part of writing the book was pitching the material to a non-specialist audience.
Not being too technical while not dumbing it down and over-simplifying.
After a lifetime writing papers for scientific journals it took some time to find the style I was hoping for and I'm not sure I was completely successful.
Epi Monitor: How would you contrast your book with existing epidemiology textbooks?
:Risk Chance and Causation is not a textbook.
: Because of my own interests and from teaching evidence based medicine and health care the book melds these newer paradigms with more traditional themes in observational and classic epidemiology.
: I was writing daily for about 12 weeks to draft 80% of it while on sabbatical at my home outside Oxford, which may explain the large number of references to British epidemiology.
"Using a great range of examples, Michael Bracken
provides a masterful guide to identifying the many false claims about what makes humans healthy or sick.
According to Yale epidemiologist Michael Bracken , one of the authors of the series, "while the biomedical research community currently provides a huge amount of benefit to society, it does so in spite of the present high degree of wasted research, [and] this series documents how much more could be accomplished if we substantially improved the efficiency of the research enterprise.