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Hed-stat The World of Biomedicine, in Brief
Carolyn Greene

Q: What are the advantages of using EHRs to monitor the health of large populations?

A: EHR systems collect vast amounts of information on large numbers of patients. This means that in addition to tracking the prevalence of diseases or risk factors within the population as a whole, we’ll be able to track how well we’re treating and controlling chronic diseases over time and by characteristics such as age, sex and neighborhood poverty level.

“This is a case of spontaneous telepathy in which... as I contemplated certain death, I transmitted my thoughts, while my sister who was particularly close to me, acted as the receiver.”

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School nurses see to a variety of ailments, and there aren't enough of them.

A New Epidemic Model

SARS revealed the existence of "super-spreaders," who can infect dozens of people. The same, it appears, goes for other infectious diseases.


Psychiatrist Paul Appelbaum on on the psychology of violence.

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One hundred and fifty years ago, Rebecca Lee Crumpler became the first black woman to receive a medical degree in the United States.

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