a cohort too obvious? What about:
after all, one may never see all the world's epidemiologists
altogether, thus any group will be a sample.
this word would describe epidemiologists numerically in a
manner that Hurts, Watt Chu Farraday applied to other physical
phenomena. Thus, 10 epidemiologists would be 10 dolls. This
would promote name of an epidemiologist for a Nobel Prize and,
besides, everyone knows epidemiologists are dolls.
there are some who aver that epidemiology is the queen of the
sciences. Thus epidemiologists constitute a swarm about the
queen in the hive (a new word for the epidemiology
Dorothy Worth, M.D.
"You mentioned the need for a collective noun to describe a
plurality of epidemiologists. Given the oft-time monastic
intellectual aspects of our discipline, and the common form in
which we examine our data, can there be any description but
that of a cell of epidemiologists?..."
propose the following is collective terms for epidemiologists:
a confounding of epidemiologists
an outbreak of epidemiologists
a cohort of the epidemiologists
an association of epidemiologists
a cross-section of epidemiologists
a trial of epidemiologists
an epidemic of epidemiologists
a sample of epidemiologists
a cluster of epidemiologists
group of epidemiologists? How about a term in honor of our
past - a flurry of epidemiologists. The honor, of
course, would be to Dr. Snow. A larger group would of course
be a "blizzard," and a small group with just a couple
James W. Justice, M.D.
suitable collective term for epidemiologists is clearly "an
outbreak of epidemiologists." One could use "an
epidemic of epidemiologists" too, but it is redundant, so
am a bit behind in my reading and noted your solicitation in
the October EpiMonitor. A peaceful weekend stimulated my
cerebral network to the following scale:
Mundane A case of
cohort of epidemiologists
endowment of epidemiologists
An encystment of epidemiologists
eclecticism of epidemiologists
Chimeras of epidemiologists
must stop here as it is unclear where the road from the
ridiculous may lead...
Stephen R. Redmond, M.D.
we can have a colony of bacteriologists, why not a
population of epidemiologists - or a sample of
epidemiologists, or even a cohort of them?
the other hand, perhaps we shouldn't consider these
confounding epidemiologists at all. They may just be
Ramona Lunt, MPH
am responding to suggestions for a collective term for
sample of epidemiologists
cluster of epidemiologists
Good luck in solving our identity crisis!
read, with interest, the collective terms proposed for
epidemiologists. They were generally catchy, but all missed
something. I would like to propose a term which not only has a
collective connotation, but which also adds an onomatopoeic
luster (which the others seem to lack).
the term conjures up images of our more memorable meetings
(SER). It has a sense of dynamism (?). Webster's second
definition for it is: aggregation, cluster. Assuredly,
the more dignified members of our community may not see the
purpose of this term...
Collective nouns have been favorites of mine for some time.
I've enjoyed' streams of urologists,' ' rashes of
dermatologists,' ' pots of pediatrician's,' etc. I can't
resist the following communication:
epidemiologist is what epidemiologists do, then it follows
that a do of epidemiologists might be an appropriate
collective noun. This has an active, positive and constructive
connotation. It also has a rather elegant connotation on
occasion. For example, in some circles, people speak of dog
do. Even this might be appropriate for those epidemiologists
who sometimes do not. Besides, it's shorter than' doll.'
this is too far-fetched, how about a host of
epidemiologists or a case of same?
Donald R. Peterson, M.D., MPH
am a late entrance in your search for a collective term for
epidemiologists, although I have thought about it for some
Having read the January number with a suggestion of a "Doll"
and with Manning Feinleib’s interview, I could suggest a "snow"
of epidemiologists but that is probably a bit too clever. A "legion"
of epidemiologists is less obvious than a cohort, but again, I
think it is too clever for the person or doctor in the street,
who I think, is the objective of description.
thus come to an "epidemic" of epidemiologists or even a
"case" of epidemiologists, but both are a little
Thus, my coup de grâce, and that the people who only think
they know what epidemiologists do and don't much like it, and
also think that there are getting to be too many of us around,
I suggest then "outbreak" of epidemiologists.
The suggestion to use "cohort" as the designation of a group
of epidemiologists is unfortunate since the term already has a
generally accepted technical meaning within the profession. In
my view, it would be preferable to create or borrow a word
that will not add to the confusion that characterizes so much
of our present jargon... I tend to favor a "knot of
epidemiologists" since knotty problems justify our
existence and since we often tie ourselves into knots whenever
we congregate to deal with controversies in our field...
Robert Moore, Ph.D.
"... A cohort of epidemiologists, forsooth! Have you
caused for one moment to consider the consequences, not least
among which the endless arguing as to whether or not one
should recognize a trohoc oftsigoloimedipes…?
Let us leave cohorts to demographers (and clusters to
statisticians) and let us sally forth in HERDS!
Michel C. Thuriaux
"... My suggestion for a group of epidemiologists (though not
very appealing to the general public) is:
plague of epidemiologists
... Emboldened by my modest success in your earlier t-shirt
contest, I submit herewith some suggested names for a
collection of epidemiologists. I do not hold with the early
majority of my colleagues who favor "cohort," on the grounds
that the word has attained a legitimacy that is not in the
spirit of the contest. How dull to find a cohort of
epidemiologists among a flourish of strumpets, or a wince of
So, here we go...
A confounding of epidemiologists
A cross-section of epidemiologists
An attribution of epidemiologists
A decrement of epidemiologists
And exposure of epidemiologists
Kindness forbids my continuing.
William R. Gaffey, Ph.D.
... a rash of epidemiologists
This evening the idea seems so good to me but I think I will
send it off without looking at it again tomorrow!
Ann V. Millard, PhD
Michigan State University
For a collection of epidemiologists may I suggest,
a significance of epidemiologists
an aggregation of epidemiologists
a distribution of epidemiologists
an association of epidemiologists
a focus of epidemiologists
a count of epidemiologists
your request for a collective term for epidemiologists... I
remembered a book I have in my possession entitled An
Exaltation of Larks, or the Venereal Game, by James Lipton.
This book is itself a collection of collective terms to my
surprise I came across a reference to epidemiologists. Maybe
someone has already seen or suggested this: a host of
epidemiologists. What I like this term, I was not
satisfied with it, especially since it had already been
attached to another group, namely - a host of angels (host is
derived from Latin meaning ‘enemy’ and later ‘an army,’
hence,' Warriors of God)... I came up with the following
terms: an inference of
epidemiologists; a discipline; a causation; a table; a
confounding; a characterization; a discord; a disagreement; a