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Illicit drugs and the rise of epidemiology during the 1960s
  1. Alex Mold
  1. Correspondence to:
 Dr A Mold
 Centre for History in Public Health, Department of Public Health and Policy, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Keppel Street, London WC1E 7HT,UK; alex.mold{at}


Epidemiology has been crucial to the understanding of both tobacco smoking and illicit drug taking as public health issues in Britain since the 1960s. There were, however, siginificant differences in the way in which epidemiology was used between the two psychoactive substances.

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  • Funding: The author is currently employed on an Economic and Social Research Council-funded project on the illegal drug voluntary sector and the emergence of drug user groups.

  • Competing interests: None.

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