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Revista de Saúde Pública

On-line version ISSN 1518-8787Print version ISSN 0034-8910

Abstract

AYRES, José Ricardo de Carvalho Mesquita. The problem of true knowledge in epidemiology. Rev. Saúde Pública [online]. 1992, vol.26, n.3, pp.206-214. ISSN 1518-8787.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0034-89101992000300013.

The philosophical basis of the validation of scientific knowledge, with a view to stablishing a critical point of view as to the adoption of Popper's propositions in epidemiology is examined. The conservative character that results from the technical limitations implied in this adoption is a noteworthy aspect of the discussion, despite the evident increase in heuristic rationality and creativity that result.

Keywords : Epidemiologic methods; Philosophy; Social medicine.

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