Infectious disease events, especially those resulting from novel emerging pathogens, have significantly increased over the past few decades, possibly as a result of alterations in various environmental, biological, socioeconomic, and political factors (Chan et al., 2010). These factors - which include the increased global population, aging, expansion in international travel and trade, urbanization, and climate change - favour the emergence, ...
Causation and Genetic Diseases.A Philosophical Study of Causal Selection Practices in Epidemiology Ghent University
Causal selection refers to the common practice of singling out one cause among all known causes
of some event, and calling it "the" cause. Suppose that a fire breaks out in a house, and we say
that this fire is caused by a short circuit. In this case we know that other factors (such as the
presence of combustible material and oxygen) are causally relevant, but we still consider the short
circuit to be the most important or ...