Defining Neglected Disease

Biosocieties 6 (1):51-70 (2011)

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Alex Broadbent
University of Johannesburg
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In this article I seek to say what it is for something to count as a neglected disease. I argue that neglect should be defined in terms of efforts at prevention, mitigation and cure, and not solely in terms of research dollars per disability-adjusted life-year. I further argue that the trend towards multifactorialism and risk factor thinking in modern epidemiology has lent credibility to the erroneous view that the primary problem with neglected diseases is a lack of research. A more restrictive contrastive model of disease is endorsed as better suited to the definition of neglected disease.
Keywords neglected diseases  epidemiology  causation  causality  multifactorial  monocausal
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