quick and dirty method

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A method of investigation that can be done rapidly and inexpensively, although it may not necessarily be accurate or reliable. It is often the first step in investigating an epidemic. It may take any of several forms, e.g., a hastily mounted case control study or the use of powerful antibiotics without awaiting the results of laboratory tests to identify the responsible pathogenic organism. See also rapid epidemiological assessment.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology.

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