Lecture Notes on Epidemiology and Public Health Medicine / Edition 5

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Lecture Notes: Epidemiology and Public Health Medicine new edition, is a core text that covers the basics of epidemiology - preventive medicine - public health - the organisation of medical care. The book is divided into three parts:

Part 1
Written to provide background and detailed information on epidemiology and public health medicine. Casue and risk factors are discussed along with examples of theory and practice. The different types of epidemiological study design, sources of information and demographical data and studies are included.

Part 2
Evidence-based medicine is covered along with general principles on epidemiology. Promoting and educating on the control and immunisation procedures are dicsussed, with empahsis on environmental health and preventative methods and screening are topics highlighted.

Part 3
Historical cases and principles are reviewed. The effects on epidemiology and public health is dicussed in relation to the National Health Service, and targets and evaluation procedures are covered.

Lecture Notes: Epidemiology and Public Health Medicine is aimed at setting the basic medical science into a global and clinical setting. The book will appeal to all medical students and practising doctors who want to make clinical decisions based on sound evidence. Public health Nurses may also find this book as a useful resource too.

Review quotations from the previous edition:

"makes the best job possible of explaining the seemingly impenetrable jungle of epidemiology"
Scope Magazine

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Editorial Reviews

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Published reviews:

"makes the best job possible of explaining the seemingly impenetrable jungle of epidemiology"
- Scope Magazine

Commissioned reviews of the 4th edition:

"This is a wide ranging undergraduate textbook which deals with epidemiological methods, prevention and control of disease and the organisation of health services. The three parts of the book reflect this taxonomy. The only area that it does not seek to cover is the epidemiology of specific diseases, which many believe not to be particularly relevant to undergraduate medical education"

"With the exception of critical appraisal of the literature, the alignment of this book with the planned curriculum at UEA is generally good".

"My suggestion would be to greatly reduce the amount on the structure of the Health Service and increase the amount on critical appraisal of the literature and evaluation of Health Services."

"The advantage that this book has, is it's use of text and tables and the overall reputation of the Lecture Notes series"
- Department of Health Policy & Practice, University of East Anglia

"I would say the coverage of the subject needs updating"

"I would suggest adding a section on Evidence Based Medicine"

"I know the Lecture Notes series is very popular with students so I would keep the design as it is"
- Department of Primary Care & Population Sciences, Royal Free Hospital & University College Medical School.

"I think the primary aim is to provide a text for UK medical students. This is not an unreasonable aspiration but there are a lot of books seeking to fill this niche."

"The book does not align with the core curriculum at Bristol. We include more health economics, clinical epidemiology, critical appraisal and global health. We also do much less on infectious disease and don't formally cover occupational health"

"I am not sure what I would specifically change, as lots of books on the market and different medical schools attach different emphasis to different aspects of the epidemiology and public health."
- Department of Social Medicine, University of Bristol.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405106740
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/15/2004
  • Series: Lecture Notes Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 0.48 (d)

Table of Contents



List of Abbreviations.

Part 1.

1 Epidemiology.

2 ‘Cause’ and ‘risk’ and types of epidemiological study.

3 Descriptive study.

4 Surveys, survey methods and bias.

5 Cohort studies.

6 Case–control studies.

7 Intervention studies.

8 Health information and sources of data.

9 Indices of health and disease, and standardization of rates.

10 Medical demography.

Part 2.

11 Evidence-based medicine.

12 General principles.

13 Health promotion and health education.

14 Control of infectious disease.

15 Immunization.

16 Environmental health.

17 Screening.

Part 3.

18 History and principles.

19 The National Health Service.

20 Health targets.

21 Evaluation of health services.


Appendix 1: Suggested further reading.

Appendix 2: List of websites.


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