The method of logical reasoning that seeks to use all available facts to arrive at a conclusion about the relationship of particular causes to their effects. This is the main method of reasoning in the public health sciences, especially epidemiology. It was discussed in a seminal monograph by Mervyn Susser, Causal Thinking in the Health Sciences (1973), and in many later articles and monographs. See also Hill's criteria and logic.
Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology — Social Sciences.