Primer of Epidemiology / Edition 4

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A concise introduction to epidemiology. Covers all the basics: methods of study, how to conduct a study, and multivariate analysis. Features updated case studies, which make the critical link between epidemiology, clinical research, and patient care.

This book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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Reviewer: 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.
An overview of epidemiological concepts and methods using clinical examples and a review of case-controlled studies. Covers case-control and cross-sectional studies, clinical studies of disease outcome, interpreting statistical associations, and epidemiology and patient care. Introduces multivariate analysis, and covers the relationship between epidemiology, medical care, and the health of the community. Includes review questions and answers. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780070224544
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
  • Publication date: 3/1/1994
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 366
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.93 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the First Edition
1 Introduction to Epidemiology 1
2 Basic Measurements in Epidemiology 9
3 Observations Used in Epidemiology 29
4 Basic Methods of Study 54
5 Descriptive Studies 64
6 Cross-sectional Studies 96
7 Case-Control Studies 110
8 Cohort Studies 136
9 Experimental Studies 157
10 Clinical Studies of Disease Outcome 179
11 Making Sense Out of Statistical Associations 194
12 Introduction to Multivariate Analysis 225
13 How to Carry Out a Study 248
14 Epidemiology and Patient Care 268
15 Epidemiology, Medical Care, and the Health of the Community 285
16 Quick Review 310
17 Answers to Problems 329
Index 351
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