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Gaceta Sanitaria

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SEGURA, Andreu. Epidemics and epidemiology: back to the future. Gac Sanit [online]. 2023, vol.37, 102277.  Epub May 03, 2023. ISSN 0213-9111.

The word “epidemiology” was written for the first time in a report on the plague in Alghero in 1583. Although its etymology has it intricacy. For centuries it has been concerned with understanding and trying to control and prevent epidemics. During the cholera epidemic in London in 1848 the London Society of Epidemiology was formed, main instrument of public health since then. The increase in chronic diseases -supposedly no communicable- gave way to the epidemiology of black boxes and the predominance of risk factors. And later to an enormous methodological progress increasingly complex and intricate but professionally very appealing. So few epidemiologists have experience in field control of epidemics. Thus, perhaps it is convenient to return, although partially, to the origins. Looking at the future.

Keywords : Epidemiology; Endemic diseases; Etiology; Neologism.

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