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J R Coll Gen Pract. 1975 September; 25(158): 686–690.
PMCID: PMC2157813

The distribution of episodes of illness—a research tool in general practice


The frequency of episodes of illness which 315,000 people brought to their doctors' attention in one year is shown to follow a geometric distribution. Some of the potential applications of this distribution in general-practice research are given.

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