Case Studies in Forensic Epidemiology / Edition 1

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The discipline of epidemiology provides a methodology for perceiving the world and relating to the communities whose health and disease patterns need to be understood. Forensic epidemiology extends our understanding to community's injuries and those alleged to be responsible. This much needed resource focuses on the use of the epidemiology in the legal context, using case studies to illustrate the issues raised. This work includes discussion of: epidemiology in the courtroom; epidemiology, legislation and rulemaking; law, epidemiology and community organization and advocacy; epidemiology, law and social context. This text challenges the boundaries about what epidemiology is and how it is to be used to make a contribution to the groups it studies. In turn, a more complete understanding of the populations, diseases and the systems that underlie and shape the research is reached. This book will be of value to the student studying in public health, environmental health and medical programs, law students as well as professional researchers.

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... "an important and valuable contribution to the literature in the field. It is an interesting, well organized, and easy to read book that continues Dr. Loue’s good work in bridging the gap between the scientific and legal communities. It is recommended for forensic epidemiologists, whichever career path ... they may pursue, as well as for attorneys whose work calls them to interact with these scientists. Physicians who are often subpoenaed to testify in a court of law, attorneys involved in various kinds of medical-legal litigation, and those thinking of entering the interesting and intellectually challenging field of forensic epidemiology will especially find this a useful reference book."
(Cyril H. Wecht, M.D., J.D., F.C.L.M and Steven A Koehler, M.P.H., Ph.D. (The Journal of Legal Medicine, 24)
From The Critics
Although some may consider epidemiology to be strictly an objective scientific profession, Loue (Case Western Reserve U.) argues that it is an essential tool in addressing legal and policy questions of injuries to communities, the improvement of health in communities, and the stigmatization and marginalization of populations due to disease and perceived disease. Focusing on the use of epidemiology in the legal context, she provides case studies of silicone breast implant litigation and a lawsuit involving . The use of epidemiology in the legislative and regulatory arenas is explored with reference to FDA action related to silicone breast implants and tobacco. Finally, community advocacy and social change movements are considered as parts of the legal forum in examinations of needle exchange programs, revisions in FDA drug approval processes, and the control of tobacco. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780306467929
  • Publisher: Springer US
  • Publication date: 7/31/2002
  • Edition description: 2002
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 203
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

1. Epidemiology in the Courtroom: Dissonant Goals, Divergent Processes. 2. Case Study One: The Silicone Breast Implant Litigation. 3. Case Study Two: The E. Coli Investigation. 4. Epidemiology, Legislation, and Rulemaking. 5. Case Study Three: The FDA and Silicone Breast Implants. 6. Case Study Four: The Regulation of Tobacco. 7. Law, Epidemiology, and Community Organization and Advocacy. 8. Case Study Five: Alcohol and Drunk Driving. 9. Needle Exchange Program. 10. Epidemiology, Law, and Social Context. 11. Case Study Seven: Sex, Gender, and Sexuality. 12. Case Study Eight: The Medical use of Marijuana. Index.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2004

    Excerpt of review from The Journal of Legal Medicine

    'Case studies in Forensic Epidemiology is an important and valuable contribution to the literature in this field. It is an interesting, well organized, and easy to read book that continues Dr. Loue's good work in bridging the gap between the scientific and legal communities. The case studies chosen for this book highlight the impact and importance of this emerging profession to the fields of science, healthcare, and the law and to the welfare of society more broadly.'

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