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L-Tryptophan and Eosinophilia-Myalgia Syndrome ("EMS")

National epidemic of new syndrome in 1989 quickly traced to a commercial product. Case study addresses surveillance, bias, criteria for causation.

 

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Investigation: 
Outbreak
Country: 
United States
Year: 
1990
Author (s): 

Leslie Swygert and Richard Dicker

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An Epidemic Disease in South Carolina

Based on Goldberger's studies of pellagra in the Southeastern United States in the 1910s; uses descriptive epidemiology and biologic categories of disease; presented as an unidentified illness (no clinical info) to focus thinking on epidemiologic features.  Good as either introductory (descriptive epi) or wrap-up (epidemiologic reasoning) exercise.

Objectives: 

• Apply the principles of descriptive epidemiology (time, place, person) in the investigation of a disease outbreak;

Investigation: 
Outbreak
Country: 
United States
Year: 
1947
Author (s): 

Alex Langmuir

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