Dr Robert Sharpe - Scientific Director
International Association Against Painful Experiments on Animals
The achievements of epidemiology over animal methods
It is a medical cliché that prevention of disease is better than cure. But first, doctors must discover the causes so that people know how to avoid illness. This is the primary role of epidemiology - the study of disease in human populations. Researchers monitor different groups of people to discover the true origins of disease. By providing the evidence on which to base disease prevention campaigns, epidemiology becomes the most important method available to medical science.