Connecting the dots: The power of words and the diversity of epidemiological information

University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario K1S 3M6, Canada.
Journal of epidemiology and community health (Impact Factor: 3.5). 02/2010; 64(2):105-8. DOI: 10.1136/jech.2009.094219
Source: PubMed


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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