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Mechanisms - Human Health Examples

Recently New Scientist published several articles that examine the importance of understanding the mechanism by which a human health condition exists.  
Here are 4. 

Need for Mechanisms in Science

Here are two historical explanations to help explain the "need for a mechanism" and its importance in gaining acceptance for a scientific hypothesis.

Both are from the geological sciences, and thus, examples of historical science.

The Scablands

Plate Tectonics

Assumptions in Science