Dubliners — Social Networks and Neurosis in an Irish City

  • Traolach Brugha


It is a fundamental principle of the scientific method that clearly stated hypotheses must be tested not just on one occasion but repeatedly. Unless observations can be reproduced independently in different research and laboratory settings using the same or closely comparable methods, there will always remain some doubt concerning original reports. This principle is taken for granted by basic scientists and yet in social and epidemiological research in psychiatry it is followed all too infrequently.


Primary Group Social Network Size General Population Control Neurotic Disorder Primary Health Care Physician 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Traolach Brugha
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  1. 1.MRC Social Psychiatry UnitInstitute of PsychiatryLondonUK
  2. 2.The Department of Clinical PsychiatrySt. Vincent’s HospitalDublin 4Ireland

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