Coronavirus - 400 Years since Birth of Graunt
This year 2020 marks 400 years since the birth of John Graunt, the founder of Demography and Epidemiology as life sciences. Prior to his work, incidence of death was explained by astrology, religion and mythology. Graunt was a foundation member of The Royal Society, the early proponents of scientific method.
Grauntís analysis of 50 years of parish records of births and deaths in London, lead to his publication in 1662 of Natural and Political Observations Made Upon the Bills of Mortality, accessible from the following link: http://drive.google.com/open?id=1NOGMkJT8IHnSljOmnUJYdeKdrKQg3o4W
As the world comes to grips with the coronavirus it is of interest to reflect on how Grauntís research identified predictable patterns of population deaths by age and environment and enabled separate analysis of trends in rise and fall of epidemic deaths. A summary of Grauntís impact on the ensuing field of Epidemiology, is given in the following article from the National Institute of Health : http://drive.google.com/open?id=1WX9JvxF4auZXZQ0nJcYSw54_PaSwgXh5
Posted Saturday, 8 February 2020
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