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John Snow's legacy: epidemiology without borders

Fine, P.; Victora, C.G.; Rothman, K.J.; Moore, P.S.; Chang, Y.; Curtis, V.; Heymann, D.L.; Slutkin, G.; May, R.M.; Patel, V.; Roberts, I.; Wortley, R.; Torgerson, C.; Deaton, A.

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P. Fine

C.G. Victora

K.J. Rothman

P.S. Moore

Y. Chang

V. Curtis

D.L. Heymann

G. Slutkin

R.M. May

V. Patel

I. Roberts

R. Wortley

A. Deaton


This Review provides abstracts from a meeting held at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, on April 11–12, 2013, to celebrate the legacy of John Snow. They describe conventional and unconventional applications of epidemiological methods to problems ranging from diarrhoeal disease, mental health, cancer, and accident care, to education, poverty, financial networks, crime, and violence. Common themes appear throughout, including recognition of the importance of Snow's example, the philosophical and practical implications of assessment of causality, and an emphasis on the evaluation of preventive, ameliorative, and curative interventions, in a wide variety of medical and societal examples. Almost all self-described epidemiologists nowadays work within the health arena, and this is the focus of most of the societies, journals, and courses that carry the name epidemiology. The range of applications evident in these contributions might encourage some of these institutions to consider broadening their remits. In so doing, they may contribute more directly to, and learn from, non-health-related areas that use the language and methods of epidemiology to address many important problems now facing the world.


Fine, P., Victora, C., Rothman, K., Moore, P., Chang, Y., Curtis, V., …Deaton, A. (2013). John Snow's legacy: epidemiology without borders. The Lancet, 381(9874), 1302-1311.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Apr 13, 2013
Deposit Date Jul 10, 2013
Publicly Available Date Apr 9, 2015
Journal The Lancet
Print ISSN 0140-6736
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 381
Issue 9874
Pages 1302-1311


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NOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in The Lancet. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in The Lancet, 381, 9874, 13–19 April 2013, 10.1016/S0140-6736(13)60771-0.

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