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Critical epidemiology 

Critical epidemiology
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Critical epidemiology
Author(s):

Felix J. Rosenberg

, and Daniel Miranda

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780198792994.003.0010
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date: 24 November 2020

Critical epidemiology is the science of understanding and describing the distribution of health as socially determined and of contributing to the achievement of the universal right to it. e many causes of meDirect and indirect causation, and distant, intermediate, or proximate levels of organization of the epidemiological interrelations are all part of an integrated totality built by the historically changing dialectic relationship of particular social classes with their lived spaces. Critical epidemiology is, at last, the means to understand this relationship and to select the ‘[T]erritories of social exclusion’ as the prioritized targets for a participative construction of new health models leading to the effective reduction of health inequities and, hence, to universalize the right to health in all its objective and subjective meanings.

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