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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Patrick NMI Lanphier, BS, MS (Douglas County Health Department)
Description: The work addresses the important public health issue of drinking water safety. It provides an historical background on outbreaks and concerns, and it looks to the future, examining how various groups can apply surveillance, epidemiology, microbiology, networks, and data processing to protect our water.
Purpose: The book provides information on waterborne disease, epidemiologic studies, surveillance, and how these entities relate to a safe water supply. It encourages the development of new surveillance systems, sharing, networking, and engineering.
Audience: Epidemiologists, infectious diseases specialists, medical microbiologists, public health students, environmental health specialists, and engineers involved with drinking water systems will benefit from this book as will policymakers and professionals involved with protecting water supplies. The book is a collection of chapters prepared by an international array of authors with expertise in these areas.
Features: This book provides in-depth studies of waterborne outbreaks, pollution problems, and water concerns in the U.S., the U.K., and the rest of the world. It addresses problems relevant to large water treatment plants, distribution systems, hand dug wells, drilled wells, springs, and surface waters. It presents a variety of current methods related to surveillance, including neural networks and geographic information systems.
Assessment: This book will help to answer an important health concern: Is the water safe to drink?