A Dictionary of Epidemiology [NOOK Book]


This sixth edition of A Dictionary of Epidemiology -- the most updated since its inception -- reflects the profound substantive and methodological changes that have come to characterize epidemiology and its associated disciplines. Sponsored by the International Epidemiological Association, this book remains the essential reference for anyone studying or working in epidemiology, biostatistics, public health, medicine, or the growing number health sciences in which epidemiologic ...
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This sixth edition of A Dictionary of Epidemiology -- the most updated since its inception -- reflects the profound substantive and methodological changes that have come to characterize epidemiology and its associated disciplines. Sponsored by the International Epidemiological Association, this book remains the essential reference for anyone studying or working in epidemiology, biostatistics, public health, medicine, or the growing number health sciences in which epidemiologic competency is now required.
More than just a dictionary, this text is an essential guidebook to the state of the science. It offers the most current, authoritative definitions of terms central to biomedical and public health literature -- everything from confounding and incidence rate to epigenetic inheritance and Number Needed to Treat. As epidemiology continues to change and grow, A Dictionary of Epidemiology will remain its book of record.
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Reviewer: James C. Torner, PhD, MS (University of Iowa College of Public Health)
Description: This fifth edition of a compilation of terms, concepts, and measures used in epidemiology broadens the scope to related fields to expand utility. It is designed as a reference for epidemiological scholars, students, and persons interested in epidemiology.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide an authoritative reference of terms used in the practice of epidemiology. The editor builds upon prior editions to provide a contemporary compendium. This is a reference that is essential in use of terms based upon consensus and it strives to achieve a higher level of authority than would be found in public access references like Wikipedia. Like prior editions, this edition achieves the goal of being the standard reference for epidemiological terms.
Audience: The definitions and cross-references are accessible and easy to interpret. The dictionary avoids jargon, but each discipline does have its contextual words or phrases. It would be useful for readers to have a general understanding of epidemiology, but readers of an epidemiological article could use the dictionary as a reference. The editor and contributors are leading epidemiologists.
Features: As expected, it has the structure and format of a dictionary. There are cross-references, but each term or phrase has an adequate definition. The definitions are not long with the exception of those with examples. The book is comprehensive but not massive, authoritative yet approachable. The dictionary format is limited in flexibility and it is straightforward in organization and content. As with any dictionary, there are new concepts and terms that could be included in the next edition.
Assessment: Like its prior editions, this is the gold standard for the field and has the endorsement of the International Epidemiological Association. The utility could be improved with an electronic/Internet version. It is worth replacing the prior edition on the shelf with this one.
From the Publisher

"A crucial addtion to any library or epidemiologist's bookshelf." --CHOICE

"A required tool for any student of the discipline. New students found definitions from the book to be approachable and quite clear. Students further along in their studies appreciated the straightforward definitions. The fun I experience in perusing the Dictionary is based in my ability to quickly grasp the meaning of critical terms. The vast majority of definitions are limited to a few concise, comprehendible lines, written in laymen's language." --American Journal of Epidemiology

"This is an absolute mine of information. The reach of this book is enormous, and I for one will always have it on the lowest of my book shelves within easy reach. This is an excellent way of refreshing, revising, and reminding yourself when memory has faded a little. It is a 'must-have' for any serious epidemiologist or student of epidemiology." --Public Health

"The dictionary can be of interest to a wide audience of people, scientists or not, who either just discovered or are familiar with epidemiology. This short and handy dictionary is definitely a creative knowledge object." --Preventive Medicine

"Anybody among us -- epidemiologists and would-be epidemiologists -- should also have a copy of this book at hand for frequent consultation. Miquel Porta dealt with the challenge of preparing reader-friendly texts on a wide range of subjects, which will satisfy both a beginner and an experienced epidemiologist. Priceless!" --Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health

"A required reference for the student or the recent graduate in the discipline. Also for those who stuck to previous editions and now realize it is time to update." --Gaceta Sanitaria

"An important and welcome source of authoritative information. It will undoubtedly be widely consulted by students, health practitioners and researchers in a multitude of social sciences and health-related disciplines." --Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy

Featured in The Epidemiology Monitor.

"Greatly superior to searching though epidemiology papers for definitions of terms or concepts. Printed books may be going out of fashion, but a paperback on the desk is actually more 'user-friendly' than wading through entries of questionable provenance on a search engine." -- European Journal of Clinical Investigation

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780191578441
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 6/5/2008
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 5
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

Miquel Porta is a physician, epidemiologist and scholar from Barcelona who pioneered clinical and molecular epidemiology in Europe and has promoted the integration of biological, clinical, environmental, and social knowledge and methods in research and teaching worldwide. Porta has served as a visiting scientist at many global institutions, including the University of North Carolina, Harvard, and Imperial College London, and was Chairman of the European Epidemiology Federation.

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  • Posted October 7, 2012

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    A Dictionary of Epidemiology (5th Edition), edited by Miquel Porta

    Epidemiology is “the study of the occurrence and distribution of health-related states or events in specified populations … .” This definition is only one of the many important terms Porta and over 220 professionals from around the world compiled on 263 pages to provide readers with a one-of-a-kind dictionary. The authors not only define epidemiologic terms but also discuss them by meaning (i.e., with interpretation) rather than by explanation. They describe epidemiologic concepts (e.g., transdisciplinarity) and theories (e.g., miasma; epidemiological transition), list well-selected acronyms (e.g., GCP; HIA; IRB) and point to evolving language and changing usage of words (e.g., web of causation). The authors use illustrations occasionally (e.g., diagrams; charts; maps; and mathematical formulas), which could be more numerous. Furthermore, they provide a seven-page bibliography containing the references cited in the main text and an additional 17-page list of references located at the end of the book.

    Porta et al. selected the terms from various core areas of epidemiology, such as methodology, ontology, epistemology, and axiology. They demonstrate with this dictionary that the field of epidemiology is truly multidisciplinary, and I believe this book will attract professionals from various disciplines, including, but not limited to, public health, dentistry, medicine and veterinary medicine, biology, and the social sciences. As a microbiologist and epidemiologist, I use this dictionary regularly, not only as a faculty and researcher, but also as a writer who publishes in the broad areas of biomedicine, public health, business, and social science. I also consider this book an excellent resource for students who study epidemiology and related fields. I highly recommend this dictionary to all readers who have an interest in epidemiology.

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