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BMJ. 2007 April 14; 334(7597): 785.
PMCID: PMC1851998

Aristotle: clinical epidemiologist?

None of the arts theorise about individual cases. Medicine, for instance, does not theorise about what will help to cure Socrates or Callias, but only about what will help to cure any or all of a given class of patients. This alone is business: individual cases are so infinitely various that no systematic knowledge of them is possible.

Aristotle. Rhetoric. book I, chapter 2: 1356b


Submitted by Klaus Witt, assistant professor,Department of General Practice, University of Copenhagen

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