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Epidemiology: Demographic Aspects

  • Geoffrey Slaney
  • Jean Powell
  • Christopher C. Mcconkey
  • John A. H. Waterhouse
  • Ciaran B. J. Woodman
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Part of the Clinical Cancer Monographs book series (CLCM)

Abstract

Where the concern of the clinician is with the individual patient, the object of the epidemiological approach is to study the group, and thence to infer from the behaviour of patients observed collectively features of importance in the diagnosis and treatment of the individual. Conclusions drawn in this way must of course depend for their validity upon the relevance and representative nature of the source group in their application to specific fields.

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© The authors 1991

Authors and Affiliations

  • Geoffrey Slaney
    • 1
    • 2
  • Jean Powell
    • 3
    • 4
  • Christopher C. Mcconkey
    • 3
    • 4
  • John A. H. Waterhouse
    • 3
    • 4
  • Ciaran B. J. Woodman
    • 3
    • 4
  1. 1.University of BirminghamBirminghamEngland
  2. 2.Queen Elizabeth HospitalBirminghamEngland
  3. 3.Regional Cancer RegistryQueen Elizabeth Medical CentreBirminghamEngland
  4. 4.Cancer Epidemiology Research UnitUniversity of BirminghamBirminghamEngland

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