Connecting the dots: the power of words and the diversity of epidemiological information
- Correspondence to Dr John M Last, Emeritus professor of epidemiology and community medicine, University of Ottawa, 300 Queen Elizabeth Drive, Apartment 11A, Ottawa, Ontario K1S 3M6, Canada;
- Accepted 4 November 2009
Almost 30 years ago, my career in public health sciences detoured along an uncommon pathway: I became a wordsmith, finding unambiguous words and phrases to define the concepts, methods and procedures of epidemiology and related sciences. Playing with words made me well known among epidemiologists, a curious outcome because my contributions are otherwise minor. This shows how important words are.
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