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From The CriticsReviewer: Ross M. Mullner, PhD, MPH (University of Illinois at Chicago)
Description: With this fifth edition of the Primer of Epidemiology , the author includes several new examples to illustrate new epidemiologic concepts and adds an important new chapter on molecular and genetic epidemiology.
Purpose: According to its preface, the purpose is "to create a simple, brief, clear and inexpensive exposition of epidemiology." The book succeeds admirably in doing so.
Audience: Medical students, as well as students of public health, nursing, and other health professions will find this book highly valuable. The author is a well-known, highly respected physician and epidemiologist.
Features: The primer consists of 18 chapters. It includes a quick review chapter, summarizing the book, and a chapter discussing answers to problems posed in each of the other chapters.
Assessment: This is an easy to read and widely used basic epidemiology textbook. It explains epidemiologic and related statistical concepts in clear and simple terms. A moderately priced book, it is a good value for students and professionals.