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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Geoffrey W. Smith, DVM, MS (University of Illinois)
Description: This dictionary is the result of the multidisciplinary expertise of 68 European and North American contributors and provides an international perspective on veterinary epidemiology vocabulary. This English translation is based on the French Glossaired' Epidemiologie Animale.
Purpose: The intent is to facilitate the communication of epidemiologic concepts and terminology. Definitions of veterinary epidemiology and related terms from pathology, statistics, economics, ecology, and preventive medicine are included.
Audience: The audience is all people involved in animal care including veterinary medical students and practitioners, veterinary epidemiologists, ecologists, and other animal health specialists.
Features: A unique feature of this dictionary is the extensive use of comments and/or examples to illustrate the applied aspects of most definitions. The result is a dictionary whose content approaches that of a textbook, but without thematic organization. Synonyms and alternate spellings are included and related terms cross referenced. Alternate or ambiguous definitions for some terms (e.g., pathogenicity versus virulence) are also included in the text. Some of the terminology is unconventional, such as the term "operating characteristic" ratio rather than the more conventional "likelihood" ratio. Some common terms, such as "amplifying host," are missing, whereas the related (and uncommon) term "accessory reservoir" is included. This may be a reflection of the book's multiauthored and multicultural origins. Some obvious terms are missing, such as "partial budget" and "prognosis." A list of principal references used by the editors appears at the end of the book.
Assessment: This is an especially valuable contribution as it is the first comprehensive treatment of the terminology of veterinary epidemiology. Prior to this publication the only reference sources in English for veterinary epidemiologic terminology were the less comprehensive glossaries of veterinary epidemiology textbooks such as Smith's Veterinary Clinical Epidemiology: A Problem-Oriented Approach (CRC Press, 1995), and Thrusfield's Veterinary Epidemiology (Iowa State University Press, 1997).