Is Epidemiology a liberal art?

September 28, 2007 at 12:30 am | Posted in Epidemiology, liberal art | Leave a comment

Epidemiology has features that resemble those of the traditional liberal arts. This makes it fit both for inclusion in an undergraduate curriculum and as an example in medical school of the continuing value of a liberal education. As a “low-technology” science, epidemiology is readily accessible to nonspecialists. Because it is useful for taking a first look at a new problem, it is applicable to a broad range of interesting phenomena. Furthermore, it emphasizes method rather than arcane knowledge and illustrates the approaches to problems and the kinds of thinking that a liberal education should cultivate: the scientific method, analogic thinking, deductive reasoning, problem solving within constraints, and concern for aesthetic values.
Read more:  N Engl J Med 1987; 316:309-14.


Cliff Notes for Understanding Presidential Healthcare Politics

September 18, 2007 at 3:42 pm | Posted in Clinton, Edwards, Giuliani, health care, Health care politics, Health insurance, Obama, Romney, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

A comparison of some major presidential candidates’ health-care proposals as of September 18, 2007. As it gets closer to the elections this summary may change.  

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SOURCE: The Washington Post – September 18, 2007

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