An Epidemic Disease in South Carolina

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Author(s)
Alex Langmuir
Date published
Dec, 2003
Last updated
21 Jan 2020

Summary

Based on Goldberger's studies of pellagra in the Southeastern United States of America in the 1910s; uses descriptive epidemiology and biologic categories of disease; presented as an unidentified illness (no clinical info) to focus thinking on epidemiologic features. Good as either introductory (descriptive epi) or wrap-up (epidemiologic reasoning) exercise.

Objectives: 

  • Apply the principles of descriptive epidemiology (time, place, person) in the investigation of a disease outbreak
  • Characterize the epidemiology of a disease with appropriate tables, graphs, and charts, and generate hypotheses related to etiology