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PART ONE: 2) Epidemiologists are the people who study subjects that affect the well being of the general population. It is their duty to study epidemics so steps in the correct direction can be taken to overcome the disease. For them, an epidemic is something that must be studied, analyzed and then find a solution for. It is argued that the first epidemiologist is Dr. Girolamo Fracastoro who was the first to suggest bacteria caused diseases thus contradicting Plato’s theory that human luxury was the cause. There are many other epidemiologists who have made phenomenal discoveries but are not given due credit for it. Such is the case of Richard Doll who was the first to link lung cancer to smoking. The exact definition of an epidemic does not apply to the diseases epidemiologists study as they are the people responsible when it comes to deciding whether a diseases is an epidemic or not if we are speaking from a medical perspective. It would even make sense to call epidemiologists the IEEE of diseases. Doctors on the other hand are the first to discover the disease and are also the ones who devise treatment for the patients. Epidemics for them were diseases that are spreading uncontrollably and are also causing unnatural increases in the death rate. Doctors care about the epidemics as they are responsible for the well being of the community while also being between all the patients – in the midst of the action so to speak. Dr. Benjamin Rush is a famous example of a doctor who had to deal with an epidemic. During the 1793 Philadelphia epidemic, Dr. Rush was able to determine that the disease was the Yellow Fever and that the contaminated water was the means in which it spread.
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As for government officials, their view on the matter is rather routine. As outlined by the article ‘Of Epidemics and Politicians’ in the November 1987 edition of the Western Journal of Medicine, government officials react to epidemics when the media coverage of a disease has substantially increased or when it affects them directly. The most recent example of such a situation is Autism after the Virginia Tech incident. Politicians’ reactions are also generally the same, the look back at similar situations and act accordingly.
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This note was uploaded on 06/01/2008 for the course UNIV 241 taught by Professor Slater during the Spring '08 term at Drexel.

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