The web of explanations

McConway, Kevin (2001). The web of explanations. In: McConway, Kevin and Davey, Basiro eds. Studying health and disease. Buckingham, UK: Open Univeristy Press, pp. 187–193.



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Why are some individuals and groups within a society more prone to illness than others? How do we know what makes us ill? What can be done to alleviate illness or disability, and how can we be sure that an intervention will work? Biomedical scientists, doctors, statisticians, epidemiologists, sociologists, anthropologists and historians all study health and disease, but when faced with similar problems they tend to produce radically different explanations and solutions. This book describes the basic methods of investigation used by these disciplines, and shows how they are related and how they differ.

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