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Epidemiology has been said to have only a single theory: that disease is not randomly distributed in the population. Epidemiology must appropriate theories from other disciplines to account for the nonrandomness of ill health. In this useful book, Polednak considers the striking differences in the rates and outcomes of disease among racial and ethnic groups, using the perspective of "biomedical" anthropology, an offshoot of physical anthropology concerned with biologic (particularly genetic) and environmental influences on disease.
The first four chapters provide basic information about aspects of anthropology, genetics, epidemiology, and health data, some of which might better have been relegated
Racial and Ethnic Differences in Disease. Ann Intern Med. ;113:415. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-113-5-415_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1990;113(5):415.
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