publication . Article . 2010

Epidemic Intelligence. Langmuir and the Birth of Disease Surveillance

Lyle Fearnley;
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  • Published: 01 Dec 2010 Journal: Behemoth, volume 3 (issn: 1866-2447, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH
In the wake of the SARS and influenza epidemics of the past decade, one public health solution has become a refrain: surveillance systems for detection of disease outbreaks. This paper is an effort to understand how disease surveillance for outbreak detection gained such paramount rationality in contemporary public health. The epidemiologist Alexander Langmuir is well known as the creator of modern disease surveillance. But less well known is how he imagined disease surveillance as one part of what he called “epidemic intelligence.” Langmuir developed the practice of disease surveillance during an unprecedented moment in which the threat of biological warfare br...
free text keywords: disease surveillance, social determinants of disease, epidemiology, biological warfare, preparedness, Social Sciences, H
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