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[Comment] Offline: The urgent need to rehumanise science

Over dinner last week, a friend turned to the subject of methods (pitiable, but true). He had just been lecturing about how to make epidemiology more meaningful. The two-by-two table was a wonderful creation, but it may not be well adapted to understanding the hypothetical causes and associative consequences of poverty, war, or climate change. Making connections between seemingly disparate settings and events—in other words, interpreting the complexity of the world—was the chief challenge for the health sciences today, he suggested.