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.
Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: Angela Jean Schneider, BS, MS (University of Iowa College of Public Health)
Description: This introductory book describes the overall components of epidemiology. This update to the 2003 edition includes the new competencies for epidemiology from the American Schools of Public Health (ASPH), which are key to the success of new and upcoming epidemiologists.
Purpose: In addition to properly introducing the new epidemiology competencies from ASPH, the book also seeks to update the previous edition with more examples, review questions at the end of chapters, and stronger sections dealing with different study designs.
Audience: Students appear to be the intended audience, and the book does a good job targeting them with its use of examples, which are wonderful aids for mastering the subject. The author has a strong academic background in epidemiology as well as a strong history of publishing works on epidemiology and statistics.
Features: The book covers a wide range of topics, from the basic history of epidemiology to different types of studies and ways to evaluate those studies. The most innovative and influential methods the book uses are the case studies and real life examples, which provide readers with a direct application of concepts. Chapters directly addressing ASPH competencies would have benefitted from a reiteration of the ASPH competency in the introductory sentences. For example, chapter 3, which addresses epidemiological measures, could have included a sentence stating that the chapter will explore measures used in epidemiology and how to calculate these measures.
Assessment: This book introduces epidemiology in a concise, organized fashion and provides direct applications of the studies. This edition does a good job of updating the previous editions, which have not covered the ASPH epidemiology competencies.
From the Publisher
"...appealing in its simple style and graphics, and provision of chapter summaries and exercises." —Epimonitor: The Epidemiology Monitor, May 1999

3 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471400288
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • 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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