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Epidemiology is concerned with the elucidation of factors influencing the distribution of a disease or abnormality in a population. This field has, through most of its long history, dealt almost exclusively with problems considered to be principally environmental in nature. The recent tremendous surge forward in the fields of human, medical, and population genetics has enforced recognition that heredity may also play a major role in the etiology and distribution of certain clinical syndromes. Although we are now aware of the importance that heredity may play in medical ecology, its full significance has just begun to be realized. We are
Proceedings of the Conference on Genetic Polymorphisms and Geographic Variations in Disease.. Ann Intern Med. ;56:998–999. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-56-6-998_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1962;56(6):998-999.
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