MSPGH Seminar: 1st July 2015 – Edgar Sydenstricker: Epidemiologist or economist?

12.30-1.30pm, Wed 1st July 2015
Seminar Room 515, Level 5, 207 Bouverie Street, Carlton

Professor Philip Clarke, Chair in Health Economics, Centre for Health Policy, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health

Edgar Sydenstricker (1881-1936) spent most of his working life employed as statistician at the United States Public Health Service.  He made methodical and empirical contributions to the measurement of health inequality, as well applying this to understand the cause of the disease pellagra, a major contributor to premature mortality in United States at the time.  Other contributions include: examining ways to expand health insurance and methods of evaluating public health programs that involve assessment of costs and outcomes.  While recognized for his contributions to epidemiology, his contribution to health economics has largely been forgotten.

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