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Overview

This popular book applies the author's many years of clinical and teaching experience to make the principles and methods of epidemiology easy to understand and enjoyable to read about. A clear, concise writing style and just the right dose of humor explain the role of epidemiology in measuring disease in a community, estimating risks, and influencing public policy and ethical concerns. Line diagrams, cartoons, and review questions with answers reinforce the text.
  • Emphasizes both the underlying concepts as well as the practical uses of epidemiology in public health and in clinical practice.
  • Organizes information in three logical sections: The Epidemiologic Approach to Disease and Intervention · Using Epidemiology to Identify the Cause of Disease, and · Applying Epidemiology to Evaluation and Policy.
  • Systemizes learning and review with study questions in each section and an answer key and index.
  • Illustrates textual information with line diagrams and cartoons.
  • Offers up-to-date information on genetic contributions to disease.
  • Integrates discussion of simultaneous and sequential testing.
  • Provides additional material relating to randomized clinical trials.
  • Incorporates updated and expanded discussions on epidemiology and policy.
  • Adds an all-new subsection on policy decisions in the face of equivocal data and uncertainty.
  • Offers updated clinical examples, including mammography.

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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Editorial Reviews

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
From The Critics
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 relationshipbetween 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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780721603261
  • Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
  • Publication date: 5/19/2004
  • Edition description: Third Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 7.24 (w) x 9.88 (h) x 0.55 (d)

Table of Contents

Section I: The Epidemiologic Approach to Disease and Intervention

1. Introduction

2. The Dynamics of Disease Transmission

3. Measuring the Occurrence of Disease

4. Assessing the Validity and Reliability of Diagnostic and Screening Tests

5. The Natural History of Disease: Ways of Expressing Prognosis

6. Assessing the Efficacy of Preventive and Therapeutic Measures: Randomized Trials

7. Randomized Trials: Some Further Issues

Section II: Using Epidemiology to Identify the Cause of Disease

8. Cohort Studies

9. Case-Control and Cross-Sectional Studies

10. Estimating Risk: Is There an Association?

11. More on Risk: Estimating the Potential for Prevention

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

13. From Association to Causation: Deriving Inferences from Epidemiologic Studies

14. More on Causal Inferences: Bias, Confounding, and Interaction

15. Identifying the Roles of Genetic and Environmental Factors in Disease Causation

Section III: Applying Epidemiology to Evaluation and Policy

16. Using Epidemiology to Evaluate Health Services

17. The Epidemiologic Approach to Evaluation of Screening Programs

18. Epidemiology and Public Policy

19. Ethical and Professional Issues in Epidemiology

ANSWERS TO REVIEW QUESTIONS

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