Excerpt from Transactions of the Epidemiological Society of London, Vol. 1: Session 1881-82
The first idea that must occur to anyone who hears me is the place which, among all such subjects, we Shall gratefully assign to mathematical science. If in physiology and therapeutics, we have recourse to this science for the com position Oi our facts, for a knowledge of the general from the particular, for the, apprehension of degrees of certainty under conditions that are inconstant and not wholly known; the indebtedness Of epidemiology to mathematics begins at an earlier and ends at a later period of its course. So identified is the one with the other science, that there has occasionally been a confusion in the popular mind between the two things, and the study of epidemics has been regarded as essentially an affair of statistics: while, on the other hand, it has sometimes happened that laborious and promising work in the field of epidemiology has been without result, owing to want of apprehension of some Circumstance that is plain enough when it is once pointed out by the mathematician.
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