black box epidemiology

black box epidemiology

A derogatory term for the tendency to assume that a causal relationship exists between a factor and a disease simply because both are known to be increasing or decreasing. A ‘black box’ is a system of which the input and the output are known but of which nothing is known about what happens inside.
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Beyond black box epidemiology. Am J Public Health 1998; 88: 12-14.