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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: James C. Torner, PhD, MS (University of Iowa College of Public Health)
Description: This general introductory textbook provides an overview of the basics of epidemiology measurement, design, and issues.
Purpose: This is an update of a prior version at more of a conceptual level to challenge public health students. This is a worthy objective because students need to think more critically about the conduct of research. In general, the book covers topics that are essential to the understanding of epidemiological methods.
Audience: Although the book is oriented to new students, those learning about clinical research also would find it useful. Most of the chapters would be redundant for the advanced student. The authors are established professors of epidemiology.
Features: The book covers the development of epidemiology, the measures used in epidemiological evaluation, and the study designs. The authors include several chapters on bias, confounding, and effect modification. The chapters on critical review and the epidemiological framework of causation are the main highlights.
Assessment: The presentation is similar to other introductory texts. The critical assessment of design, measurement, and conduct is an important aspect of this book and is an improvement over the first edition.