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Overview

This text provides an introduction to the principles and practice of epidemiology to public health professionals whose primary focus is not epidemiology. Terminology, concepts, and sources of information enable readers to be knowledgeable consumers of the epidemiologic literature. The book covers everything from the historical development of epidemiology, concepts of causality, and definitions of disease and health to measures of disease frequency and sources of community health data.

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Editorial Reviews

Bernard J. Turnock
This book adds to the growing number of basic textbooks on epidemiology, but does so with an attempt to be more practice relevant than current texts. The book serves as an introduction to epidemiology and attempts to provide a resource and reference for public health practitioners. This is a difficult dual purpose to achieve, but this book serves adequately in both respects. It is written for students in public health, other health professions, and the social sciences, like most epidemiology texts, but it is also aimed at public health practitioners. Like most texts in this field, there are copious tables, charts, and graphs throughout this book. These are present, as expected, but there are also many case studies, examples from practice and skill-building exercises. These make this text unique. None of the other general features of the book are particularly noteworthy. The appearance of the text is also somewhat less than pleasing. This is an interesting and useful textbook that seeks to serve both as a text for students and a resource for epidemiologists in practice. The book is adequate, although not outstanding, in each of these areas. As a result, this book would likely attract a fair amount of interest and is recommended for most health science libraries.
Paul D. Stolley
This is the second edition of a standard text of epidemiology that emphasizes the practical applications of the epidemiologic method to solving problems met by public health practitioners. Each chapter begins with learning objectives and ends with a brief summary and questions for study and discussion. The purpose is to convey the full array of epidemiologic methods and the applications of these methods in the practical field of public health. A problem often encountered in teaching epidemiologic methods is that the details of methods obscure the purpose of the method; theory and practice are often divorced and the methods can appear unrelated to problem-solving in the "real world" of public health practice. The authors claim the audience for this book is the widest possible: medical and school of public health students, social science students, nursing students, and so on. This claim is a conventional way to increase sales, and the intended audience is usually not as broad. In this case, however, the authors have truly created a book that is sophisticated yet written with such clarity and verve that it is indeed suitable for students of epidemiology at many levels: undergraduate and postgraduate, medicine, nursing, and students at schools of public health. This second edition is not a major revision of the first, but it does contain some significant additions to modernize the book. A chapter on the use of genetics and molecular biology in epidemiology is a welcome update as is the section on "emerging infections" and the use of the Internet. As with the first edition, it is replete with interesting examples and graphics, which continuously capture the reader's interest andtransmit the excitement and enjoyment of the field of epidemiology. Many similar texts omit the history of the field, but here there is a brief but accurate chapter summarizing some of the important contributors and developments in epidemiology and public health. The chapter on psychological behavior and social epidemiology is problematic, however. The section on so-called "type A" personality and coronary heart disease is outdated and does not reflect the current view, which is more skeptical of the theory. Other aspects of this chapter strike me as less critical than much of the rest of the book. Both authors are experienced public health teachers, practitioners, and investigators with many years of field experience and a strong appreciation of epidemiology as both a useful method and an exciting field of inquiry. There are currently over 25 introductory textbooks of epidemiology in contrast to the very few available 25 years ago. This book stands in the top tier by virtue of its clarity, richness of examples, clever use of figures and tables, and the ability of the authors to convey their own excitement and pleasure working in the field to the readers/students. The length is about right for a one semester course. The layout and typography ease the task of reading, and the questions for discussion tend to stress important aspects of the chapter. Finally, the emphasis on practical application of the method breathes a sense of reality into the book absent in many of the competing texts.
Booknews
The second edition of a textbook intended primarily for beginning public health master's degree students, undergraduate and graduate health education and social ecology students, and undergraduate medical and nursing students. Coverage includes historical background; practical applications of epidemiology; measures of morbidity and mortality; descriptive epidemiology, data sources, study designs, measures of effect, data interpretation, and screening; and infectious diseases, occupational and environmental health, molecular and genetic epidemiology, and psychosocial epidemiology. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR booknews.com
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Reviewer: Paul D. Stolley, MD, MPH (University of Maryland at Baltimore School of Medicine)
Description: This is the second edition of a standard text of epidemiology that emphasizes the practical applications of the epidemiologic method to solving problems met by public health practitioners. Each chapter begins with learning objectives and ends with a brief summary and questions for study and discussion.
Purpose: The purpose is to convey the full array of epidemiologic methods and the applications of these methods in the practical field of public health. A problem often encountered in teaching epidemiologic methods is that the details of methods obscure the purpose of the method; theory and practice are often divorced and the methods can appear unrelated to problem-solving in the "real world" of public health practice.
Audience: The authors claim the audience for this book is the widest possible: medical and school of public health students, social science students, nursing students, and so on. This claim is a conventional way to increase sales, and the intended audience is usually not as broad. In this case, however, the authors have truly created a book that is sophisticated yet written with such clarity and verve that it is indeed suitable for students of epidemiology at many levels: undergraduate and postgraduate, medicine, nursing, and students at schools of public health.
Features: This second edition is not a major revision of the first, but it does contain some significant additions to modernize the book. A chapter on the use of genetics and molecular biology in epidemiology is a welcome update as is the section on "emerging infections" and the use of the Internet. As with the first edition, it is replete with interesting examples and graphics, which continuously capture the reader's interest and transmit the excitement and enjoyment of the field of epidemiology. Many similar texts omit the history of the field, but here there is a brief but accurate chapter summarizing some of the important contributors and developments in epidemiology and public health. The chapter on psychological behavior and social epidemiology is problematic, however. The section on so-called "type A" personality and coronary heart disease is outdated and does not reflect the current view, which is more skeptical of the theory. Other aspects of this chapter strike me as less critical than much of the rest of the book.
Assessment: Both authors are experienced public health teachers, practitioners, and investigators with many years of field experience and a strong appreciation of epidemiology as both a useful method and an exciting field of inquiry. There are currently over 25 introductory textbooks of epidemiology in contrast to the very few available 25 years ago. This book stands in the top tier by virtue of its clarity, richness of examples, clever use of figures and tables, and the ability of the authors to convey their own excitement and pleasure working in the field to the readers/students. The length is about right for a one semester course. The layout and typography ease the task of reading, and the questions for discussion tend to stress important aspects of the chapter. Finally, the emphasis on practical application of the method breathes a sense of reality into the book absent in many of the competing texts.

3 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780834206083
  • Publisher: Wolters Kluwer Law & Business
  • Publication date: 3/8/1996
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 430
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Contents: INTRODUCTION
• Epidemiology - What's It All About?
• Historical Antecedents of Epidemiology
• Using Epidemiology in Your Work and Play: The Seven Uses of Epidemiology
• Epidemiology at Work in the Community; Infectious Disease
• Epidemiology at Work in the Community: Health and the Environment
• CONDUCTING AN EPIDEMIOLOGIC INVESTIGATION
• Describing the Problem: Person, Time, Place
• Sources of Epidemiologic
• Data Quantification: Measures of Morbidity and Mortality
• Epidemiologic Research: Prospective, Retrospective, and Cross-sectional
• ANALYTICAL EPIDEMIOLOGY
• Epidemiologic Models and Causal Mechanisms
• Reliability and Validity of Measures: Screening for Disease in the Community
• Psychosocial Aspects of Disease
• Epidemiologic Statistical Techniques
• Conclusions and Recent Developments

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