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Systems Science and Population Health$
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Abdulrahman M. El-Sayed and Sandro Galea

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190492397

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190492397.001.0001

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Reductionism at the Dawn of Population Health

Reductionism at the Dawn of Population Health

(p.9) 2 Reductionism at the Dawn of Population Health
Systems Science and Population Health

Kristin Heitman

Oxford University Press

What we now think of as the field of population health emerged over the course of four and a half centuries. That transition from traditional understanding to modern science was not so much a triumph of rationality than an attempt to gain traction in a struggle with a host of complex problems, many of which are still with us. This chapter outlines the many shifting concerns and constraints through that transition. The chapter concludes with a discussion of the uses and challenges of complexity in current efforts to construct a better understanding of human health and disease at the population level.

Keywords:   history, philosophy, disease, healing, simplification

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