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Epidemiology of Health and Illness: A Socio-Psycho-Physiological Perspective

Epidemiology of Health and Illness: A Socio-Psycho-Physiological Perspective

Epidemiology of health and illness: A socio-psycho-physiological perspective

The primary determinants of disease are mainly economic and social, and therefore its remedies must also be economic and social.

(Geoffrey Rose, 1992: 129)


When we were invited to write this chapter, one of the editors sent us an e-mail stating that ‘this chapter is supposed to include everything that a health psychologist needs to know about the epidemiology of health and illness, so it will be quite a challenge’. We agree that this is a challenge, both for us and for the reader, but we think that it is a challenge worth taking.

So, what does a health psychologist need to know about epidemiology? We will start with a definition. Epidemiology can ...

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