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Perhaps the greatest achievement of twentieth century epidemiology was the rapid unraveling in the early 1980s of the mysteries surrounding the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). Long before the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) was isolated, epidemiologists had strong evidence that an unidentified infectious agent transmitted by sex, blood products, and dirty needles caused this epidemic. Because of these epidemiologic findings, effective disease prevention was instituted before the virus was identified and before the first blood test for HIV antibody was available.
Compared with other scientific disciplines studying AIDS, the epidemiology of AIDS is nearly complete. It is, therefore, fitting that an
The Epidemiology of AIDS: Expression, Occurrence, and Control of Human Immunodeficiency Virus Type 1 Infection. Ann Intern Med. ;112:635. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-112-8-635_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1990;112(8):635.
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