Sozial- und Präventivmedizin

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Cohort analysis: W.H. Frost's contributions to the epidemiology of tuberculosis and chronic disease

  • George W. Comstock
Series: History of Epidemiology


Although Wade Hampton Frost was not the first to develop cohort analysis, it was the post-humous publication of his study of age and time trends of tuberculosis mortality that directed attention to this method of analysis. Frost's developing interest in and contributions to the epidemiology of chronic disease are reviewed in connection with a summary of his professional career.


Obwohl Wade Hampton Frost nicht der erste war, der die Kohortenanalyse entwickelte, war es die posthume Veröffentlichung seiner Studie zu Alter und Zeittrends von Tuberkulose-Mortalität, die die Aufmerksamkeit für diese Analysemethode auf sich zog. Frosts fortschreitendes Interesse an und seine Beiträge zur Epidemiologie von chronischen Krankheiten werden in diesem Artikel zusammen mit einem Überblick über seine berufliche Karriere nachgezeichnet.


Bien que Wade Hampton Frost ne fut pas l'inventeur de l'analyse de cohorte, c'est la publication posthume de son étude sur les tendances temporelle et selon l'âge des décès par tuberculose qui a attiré l'attention sur ce type d'analyse. Cet article montre le lien entre la carrière professionnelle de Frost, son intérêt croissant et sa contribution a l'épidémiologie des maladies chroniques.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • George W. Comstock
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  1. 1.School of Hygiene and Public HealthJohns Hopkins University Washington County Health DepartmentHagerstownUSA

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