Epidemiology Kept Simple: An Introduction to Traditional and Modern Epidemiology / Edition 2

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Epidemiology Kept Simple: An Introduction to Classic and Modern Epidemiology will provide a clear, concise introductory-level text that will be accessible to beginning students, and that will also be useful as a primer to qualified professionals in health care field that wish to understand the newest concepts in the field.

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

With the increasing availability of genetic information about human populations, the field of epidemiology has become more relevant than ever to the health sciences. Epidemiology is taught widely, not only to medical and graduate students, but as a part of courses in many different health-related fields where students will be introduced to the discipline for the first time. This book will provide a clear, concise introductory-level text that will be accessible to beginning students, and that will also be useful as a primer to qualified professionals in health care fields that wish to understand the newest concepts in the field.

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Editorial Reviews

An introductory text for non-specialists, this volume covers such topics as elements of infectious and chronic disease epidemiology, identification of disease and measures of its frequency, stratification and adjustment, measures of association and potential impact, analytical study design, inaccuracy in epidemiological studies, clusters and outbreaks, and computers and epidemiology. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
From The Critics
Reviewer: Bernard J. Turnock, MD, MPH (University of Illinois at Chicago)
Description: This is an introductory text on elementary epidemiology. It is intended primarily for those looking for the basic concepts and principles of the subject but who do not intend to become practicing epidemiologists.
Purpose: The primary aim is to reach a wide variety of audiences who may find epidemiology of interest or use in their work. This is an attractive approach and, generally, this book achieves its goal.
Audience: Audiences will include most of the health professions and their students who seek only a superficial exposure to the field. Even in graduate level public health programs, this sort of text may appeal to students from business and social science backgrounds.
Features: It covers the usual topics and principles of the field, but in a somewhat simpler and more understandable manner than many epidemiology texts. There are many practical exercises, case studies, and real-world applications provided throughout. Very useful sections on the natural history of disease, cluster assessments, and outbreak investigations help make the book very practice-oriented. Continuity is at times fractured — jumping back and forth from concepts to practice as well as the emphasis on notation detracts from the ease of understanding for the less quantitatively oriented readers. But these are only minor weaknesses.
Assessment: Overall this book lives up to its title. The basic concepts and principles are adequately handled and there is plenty of interesting and practical material for the basic audiences targeted. While not as useful in academic settings of graduate public health education, it will satisfy a wide variety of audiences in other settings.

3 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471400288
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/4/2003
  • Edition description: 2nd Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 436
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.69 (d)

Meet the Author

B. Burt (“Bud”) Gerstman has a Ph.D. in Epidemiology and Comparative Pathology from the University of California, Davis, a MPH in Epidemiology from the University of California at Berkeley, and a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Cornell University. He teaches courses in epidemiology, biostatistics, and public health statistics at San Jose State University in Northern California. Before coming to SJSU in 1990, he was a Fellow of the National Institutes of Health - U.S. Public Health Service Epidemiology Training Program and a member of the faculty at the Graduate School at National Institutes of Health. He has won numerous awards and is widely published. His most recent project was the development and publication of an epidemiology textbook and he is currently at work on a text on data analysis.

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Table of Contents

Preface: Who Studies Epidemiology and Why They Bother
1 Epidemiology Past and Present 1
2 Selected Epidemiologic Disease Concepts 19
3 Elements of Infectious and Chronic Disease Epidemiology 38
4 Identification of Disease, Part I (Reproducibility and Validity) 54
5 Identification of Disease, Part II (Case Definitions and Disease Classification) 84
6 Measures of Disease Frequency 93
7 Stratification and Adjustment 108
8 Measures of Association and Potential Impact 120
9 Analytic Study Designs 139
10 Inaccuracy in Epidemiologic Studies, Part I (Imprecision) 161
11 Inaccuracy in Epidemiologic Studies, Part II (Bias) 183
12 From Association to Causation 201
13 Clusters 226
14 Outbreak Investigation 243
15 Computing and Epidemiology 275
Index 289
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