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TaintedHow Philosophy of Science Can Expose Bad Science$
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Kristin Shrader-Frechette

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199396412

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199396412.001.0001

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Being a Disease Detective

Being a Disease Detective

Discovering Causes in Epidemiology

(p.88) Chapter 7 Being a Disease Detective

Kristin Shrader-Frechette

Oxford University Press

The chapter examines the concept of relative risk and criticizes a common but questionable way of discovering hypotheses in epidemiology and medicine—looking at the magnitude of some effect in order to discover causes. The chapter shows instead that the certainty, not the magnitude, of an effect is the better key to causal discovery.

Keywords:   cause, epidemiology, medicine, relative risk

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