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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Bernard J. Turnock, MD, MPH (University of Illinois at Chicago)
Description: Basic concepts from the public health sciences and preventive medicine are often taught to medical students during their first two years of medical school. This book is written to serve as a review text, and presents its material simply and straightforwardly.
Purpose: The topics include epidemiology, biostatistics, environmental health sciences, occupational health, and preventive medicine, which are combined into courses that are often taught without benefit of a single textbook.
Audience: This book was designed to fill that gap and to serve as both a text and resource for medical and certain other students. The book's authors are highly credible experts in the field and orchestrate a useful overview of the major topics covered.
Features: Tables, charts, and graphs are well presented. Several very useful summaries of clinical preventive services are included. Other internal features of the book are largely unremarkable; the book is well packaged.
Assessment: This fills an important need and niche in presenting a summary of the basic public health sciences and preventive medicine. It is especially useful for medical students, but graduate physicians preparing for licensing and board exams will also value this book. It is a volume that is recommended for most health science libraries because of its versatility. It can stand alone as a review of these topics, or it can serve as a text and reference for students.