Epidemiology: with STUDENT CONSULT Online Access / Edition 4

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Overview

This popular book is written by the award-winning teacher, Dr. Leon Gordis of the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University. He introduces the basic principles and concepts of epidemiology in clear, concise writing and his inimitable style. This book provides an understanding of the key concepts in the following 3 fully updated sections: Section I: The Epidemiologic Approach to Disease and Intervention; Section II: Using Epidemiology to Identify the Causes of Disease; Section III: Applying Epidemiology to Evaluation and Policy. Clear, practical graphs and charts, cartoons, and review questions with answers reinforce the text and aid in comprehension.
  • Utilizes new full-color format to enhance readability and clarity.
  • Provides new and updated figures, references and concept examples to keep you absolutely current - new information has been added on Registration of Clinical Trials, Case-Cohort Design, Case-Crossover Design, and Sources and Impact of Uncertainty ( disease topics include: Obesity, Asthma, Thyroid Cancer, Helicobacter Pylori and gastric/duodenal ulcer and gastric cancer, Mammography for women in their forties) - expanded topics include Person-time.
  • Includes STUDENT CONSULT access, allowing you to:
    o Access the complete contents of the book online, anywhere you go…perform quick searches…and add your own notes and bookmarks.
    o Test yourself with the additional TEST BANK including 200 MCQs, plus complete rationales for all self-assessment Q and A in the print book.
    o Reference all other STUDENT CONSULT titles you own online, too-all in one place!
  • Introduces both the underlying concepts as well as the practical uses of epidemiology in public health and in clinical practice.
  • Systemizes learning and review with study questions in each section and an answer key and index.
  • Illustrates textual information with clear and informative full-color illustrations, many created by the author and tested in the classroom.

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Daniela Claudia Moga, MD (University of Iowa College of Public Health)
Description: This fourth edition of an introduction to epidemiology's principles and applications follows the same structure as the 2004 edition while presenting new and updated information and using color graphs and pictures to make epidemiologic concepts easier to understand.
Purpose: Many professionals apply methods and concepts derived from epidemiology. Moreover, the lay public needs to be educated in its basic principles, particularly since epidemiologic research involves human subjects and their participation is vital for valid results and inferences. Therefore, a book like this is extremely important to the field.
Audience: "It addresses a large audience interested in epidemiology as a basic science for disease prevention and an important part of public health policy development and evaluation. The author targets a broad group of professionals in different disciplines, as well as the public at large. It is useful not only for a large variety of students (from health sciences to legal disciplines), but also for public health and medical practitioners who are interested in keeping up-to-date with epidemiologic research applicable to their specialty. The author has vast experience, not only in medical and epidemiologic research, but also in teaching. "
Features: The book's three main sections flow in a logical manner. The first one introduces the different approaches to measure disease occurrence and explains the importance of measuring health-related outcomes. The second section presents epidemiologic methods in evaluating the relationship between risk/protective factors and disease occurrence and establishing causality. The last section, an important part of the book, emphasizes epidemiology's applications for public health programs and policies. The appendix helps readers link information from different parts of the book and the pictures and graphs help in understanding the text. The organization of the book is a clever way of introducing readers to basic epidemiology principles and methods.
Assessment: The fourth edition presents important updates in a very dynamic field and introduces the new approaches in study design. The color pictures and graphs make the concepts clearer and easier to follow most of the time. As more and more professionals use epidemiologic principles, an updated and easier to use edition of this book is valuable. I strongly recommend it.
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Doody’s Review service - 4 stars

Reviewer : DanielaMoga, MD (University of Iowa College of Public Health)

Description:This fourth edition of an introduction to epidemiology's principles and applications follows the same structure as the 2004 edition while presenting new and updated information and using color graphs and pictures to make epidemiologic concepts easier to understand.

Purpose: Many professionals apply methods and concepts derived from epidemiology. Moreover, the lay public needs to be educated in its basic principles, particularly since epidemiologic research involves human subjects and their participation is vital for valid results and inferences. Therefore, a book like this is extremely important to the field.

Audience: It addresses a large audience interested in epidemiology as a basic science for disease prevention and an important part of public health policy development and evaluation. The author targets a broad group of professionals in different disciplines, as well as the public at large. It is useful not only for a large variety of students (from health sciences to legal disciplines), but also for public health and medical practitioners who are interested in keeping up-to-date with epidemiologic research applicable to their specialty. The author has vast experience, not only in medical and epidemiologic research, but also in teaching.

Features: The book's three main sections flow in a logical manner. The first one introduces the different approaches to measure disease occurrence and explains the importance of measuring health-related outcomes. The second section presents epidemiologic methods in evaluating the relationship between risk/protective factors and disease occurrence and establishing causality. The last section, an important part of the book, emphasizes epidemiology's applications for public health programs and policies. The appendix helps readers link information from different parts of the book and the pictures and graphs help in understanding the text. The organization of the book is a clever way of introducing readers to basic epidemiology principles and methods.

Assessment: The fourth edition presents important updates in a very dynamic field and introduces the new approaches in study design. The color pictures and graphs make the concepts clearer and easier to follow most of the time. As more and more professionals use epidemiologic principles, an updated and easier to use edition of this book is valuable. I strongly recommend it.

Epidemiology and Community Health
The book by Gordis has become my overall favourite as a first serious textbook in epidemiology; it is ideal for the master's level entrant and has a great deal of material suitable for the undergraduate.
Epidemiology
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416040026
  • Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
  • Publication date: 5/28/2008
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 52,637
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 10.20 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

SECTION I

The Epidemiologic Approach to Disease and Intervention

CHAPTER 1

Introduction 3

CHAPTER 2

The Dynamics of Disease Transmission 19

CHAPTER 3

Measuring the Occurrence of Disease: I. Morbidity 37

CHAPTER 4

Measuring the Occurrence of Disease: II. Mortality 59

CHAPTER 5

Assessing the Validity and Reliability of Diagnostic and Screening Tests 85

CHAPTER 6

The Natural History of Disease: Ways of Expressing Prognosis 109

CHAPTER 7

Assessing the Effi cacy of Preventive and Therapeutic Measures:

Randomized Trials 131

CHAPTER 8

Randomized Trials: Some Further Issues 147

SECTION II

Using Epidemiology to Identify the Cause of Disease

CHAPTER 9

Cohort Studies 167

CHAPTER 10

Case-Control Studies and Other Study Designs 177

CHAPTER 11

Estimating Risk: Is There an Association? 201

Xiv

CHAPTER 12

More on Risk: Estimating the Potential for Prevention 215

CHAPTER 13

A Pause for Review: Comparing Cohort and Case-Control Studies 223

CHAPTER 14

From Association to Causation: Deriving Inferences from Epidemiologic Studies 227

CHAPTER 15

More on Causal Inferences: Bias, Confounding, and Interaction 247

CHAPTER 16

Identifying the Roles of Genetic and Environmental Factors in Disease Causation 265

SECTION III

Applying Epidemiology to Evaluation and Policy

CHAPTER 17

Using Epidemiology to Evaluate Health Services 293

CHAPTER 18

The Epidemiologic Approach to Evaluating Screening Programs 311

CHAPTER 19

Epidemiology and Public Policy 333

CHAPTER 20

Ethical and Professional Issues in Epidemiology 349

ANSWERS TO REVIEW QUESTIONS 361

INDEX 363

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2013

    Terrible

    No Graphs Or Pics Available. Can't Enlarge pages Or Tables, Needs An Addition Code And to View Viewing Is Online Only. Better Off Purchasing The Actual Book An Avoid All The Headaches

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2013

    Good

    I like the textbook a lot, it explains the concepts clearly; but, a lot of the images are taken out of the electronic version due to copyright issues. I think that for the most part they are not essential, but it's hard for me to be sure.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2010

    GREAT BOOK

    This book is written well, and makes learning Epi concepts very easy!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 2, 2008

    student

    one of the clearest textbooks on basic epidemiology written.... very logical and easy to follow and understand

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