[Epistemology as health research propedeutics]

Gac Sanit. Jan-Feb 2011;25(1):79-83. doi: 10.1016/j.gaceta.2010.11.001. Epub 2011 Feb 16.
[Article in Spanish]


The present article advocates the need for epistemological training prior to the study of biostatistics and epidemiology. Taking Plato as the starting point, we reached this conclusion after analysis of the paradigm problems affecting biostatistics and the connotations of causality and research time in major epidemiological designs. External validity is intimately linked to the philosophical problem of induction. Evidence-based health could be renamed as "neopositive health" and could possibly have a French origin.

Publication types

  • English Abstract
  • Historical Article

MeSH terms

  • Biostatistics*
  • Causality
  • Epidemiology / education*
  • Evidence-Based Medicine / history
  • History, 18th Century
  • History, 19th Century
  • History, 20th Century
  • History, 21st Century
  • History, Ancient
  • History, Medieval
  • Humans
  • Knowledge*
  • Logic
  • Mathematics / history
  • Models, Theoretical
  • Philosophy / history*