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Better Know An Epidemiologist: Alexander Langmuir

There have been many breakthroughs made off the blood and sweat of Epidemiologists. They have been at the forefront of eradicating polio, smallpox, reducing deaths from cholera and even detecting thalidomide as a teratogen.

But we will start at the beginning with the first Epidemiologist, John Snow.

John Snow was a British physician, born on the 15th of March, 1813. Born in one of the poorest regions of York in the United Kingdom, John Snow apprenticed as a surgeon, before becoming a physician in 1850 and moving to London.

Now, before we get into the Broad Street Pump story, we have to consider the context of the time. Pre-1900’s,…

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 Better Know An Epidemiologist: Alexander Langmuir

Epidemiology is a relatively new field. While John Snow made his breakthrough in the 1850s, even as recently as World War 2, there was no central epidemiology agency. However, with the start of the Korean War, the threat of biological warfare loomed. As a result, the government recognized the need for an organization who would track and monitor disease outbreaks. Enter Alexander Langmuir.


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International Clinical Epidemiology Network

INCLEN is a unique global network of clinical epidemiologists, bio-statisticians, health social scientists, health economists and other professionals affiliated to key academic institutions

Mr. Epidemiologist

In short – Epidemiologists study who is getting sick, what is making them sick, and how sick they are getting. You can replace “sick” with any health outcome there, and there’s an epidemiologist looking at it. We do other stuff too, but that’s a story for another day.

Weekly Epidemiological Record

The Weekly Epidemiological Record (WER) serves as an essential instrument for the rapid and accurate dissemination of epidemiological information on cases and outbreaks of diseases under the International Health Regulations and on other communicable diseases of public health importance, including emerging or re-emerging infections.


Each epidemic has its own little shop of horrors that you have to sort out - Peter Hotez MD

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MIE Resources provides consulting services in epidemiology, pharmacoepidemiology and communications


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