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Dr. Gordis explains epidemiologic principles and methods in an accessible and enjoyable manner, using an approach perfected over his many years of teaching at the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health. Section I: The Epidemiologic Approach to Disease and Intervention demonstrates how the extent and severity of disease are measured in a community. It explores the natural history of disease...the evaluation of diagnostic and screening tests...and the design and use of randomized prevention and treatment trials. Section II: Using Epidemiology to Identify the Causes of Disease discusses the design of cohort, case-control, and other studies. Next, it shows how these studies are used to estimate the risks of disease, to derive causal inferences, and to assess the roles of environmental and genetic factors. Section III: Applying Epidemiology to Evaluation and Policy addresses the epidemiologic evaluation of health services and screening programs. It closes with a contemporary look at epidemiology's impact on public policy and a discussion of emerging ethical concerns.

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: 9780721651378
  • Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
  • Publication date: 2/28/1996
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 277

Table of Contents

Sect. I The Epidemiologic Approach to Disease and Intervention

Ch. 1 Introduction 3

Ch. 2 The Dynamics of Disease Transmission 19

Ch. 3 Measuring the Occurrence of Disease: I. Morbidity 37

Ch. 4 Measuring the Occurrence of Disease: II. Mortality 59

Ch. 5 Assessing the Validity and Reliability of Diagnostic and Screening Tests 85

Ch. 6 The Natural History of Disease: Ways of Expressing Prognosis 109

Ch. 7 Assessing the Efficacy of Preventive and Therapeutic Measures: Randomized Trials 131

Ch. 8 Randomized Trials: Some Further Issues 147

Sect. II Using Epidemiology to Identify the Cause of Disease

Ch. 9 Cohort Studies 167

Ch. 10 Case-Control Studies and Other Study Designs 177

Ch. 11 Estimating Risk: Is There an Association? 201

Ch. 12 More on Risk: Estimating the Potential for Prevention 215

Ch. 13 A Pause for Review: Comparing Cohort and Case-Control Studies 223

Ch. 14 From Association to Causation: Deriving Inferences from Epidemiologic Studies 227

Ch. 15 More on Causal Inferences: Bias, Confounding, and Interaction 247

Ch. 16 Identifying the Roles of Genetic and Environmental Factors in Disease Causation 265

Sect. III Applying Epidemiology to Evaluation and Policy

Ch. 17 Using Epidemiology to Evaluate Health Services 293

Ch. 18 The Epidemiologic Approach to Evaluating Screening Programs 311

Ch. 19 Epidemiology and Public Policy 333

Ch. 20 Ethical and Professional Issues in Epidemiology 349

Answers to Review Questions 361

Index 363

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