The Development of Modern Epidemiology: Personal Stories from Those Who Were There

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This book marks the 50th anniversary of the foundation of the International Epidemiological Association (IEA). It is a unique compendium by the world's leading epidemiologists, discussing how they were seduced into the field, how the subject has developed in the past 50 years, and how it can be (and has been) applied to the control of common conditions and threats to public health. Five distinct sections guide the reader through the wealth of material: 1. Gives an historical account of concepts and ideas, and the current importance of epidemiology to global health issues and to organizations such as the WHO. 2. Illustrates the advances and contributions to epidemiological knowledge and the control of disease in specific areas such as cancer, cardiovascular disease, respiratory disease, tuberculosis, maternal and child health, war and disasters, and new infectious diseases. 3. Outlines the use of epidemiology in cognate domains such as public health, health services, occupational and environmental medicine, social epidemiology, and nutrition. 4. Discusses methodological developments such as statistics, information sources, investigation of disease outbreaks, and clinical epidemiology. 5. Examines how the subject has developed internationally, with perspectives on regions such as the Americas, Poland, Spain, Eastern Mediterranean, New Zealand, China, Thailand, and Japan. This remarkable insight into how epidemiology has influenced global health policies and contributed to improvements in health is essential reading for both existing and aspiring epidemiologists. Public health professionals of all levels and health managers will also find this material of interest.
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Reviewer: James C. Torner, PhD, MS (University of Iowa College of Public Health)
Description: This is a compilation of historical summaries of the advances in epidemiology in the 20th century by those who contributed to them. It takes a broad view with an emphasis on international epidemiology. This collection is a unique, comprehensive historical view that is not found anywhere else.
Purpose: The book brings together several leading experts. The goal of the book is to identify the advances in epidemiology as described by those involved. The number and quality of authors is outstanding. More subjects could have been included, but only with expansion beyond the feasibility of a book. This book has no equal.
Audience: The audience is scholars in epidemiology, students in epidemiology, and those interested in the advances of public health science.
Features: The first of the book's five sections focuses on history, from nineteenth century ideas to twentieth century advances. The fifth chapter relates the past to the present and the current focus of global health on disability. This provides an overview of epidemiological contribution to public health. The second section examines the development of knowledge in disease-specific epidemiology for both chronic and acute diseases. It relates the changing ideas and studies crucial to their evaluation. The third section takes a domain specific view. The perspectives of the chapter authors provide insight into the historical aspects of advances in their areas. The fourth section includes assessments of the development of theory and methods in epidemiology, but analytical contributions are not given as much attention as needed. The last section looks at advances in different parts of the world, providing a useful contrast in development based upon public health needs and organization.
Assessment: This book needs to be in every academic library and on every scholar's shelf. It is a unique contribution only discussed in isolated chapters of domain-specific books. It provides insight by major contributors to the field. Some of the chapters are more intrinsic and some take a broader view. The styles vary by author, but the thoughts and concepts are apparent. The beginning of each chapter is a short section on how each author developed and established their career in epidemiology. This is a great summary of the field.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198569541
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 5/17/2007
  • Pages: 432
  • Product dimensions: 9.80 (w) x 6.40 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Walter Holland is the former President of the International Epidemiological Association and the Faculty of Public Health Medicine. He was awarded the Europe et Medicine Prize by the Institute des Sciences de la Sante in 1994 and the Alwyn Smith Prize medal of the Faculty of Public Health Medicine in 1994. His major research interests have been in the epidemiology of chronic respiratory disease, blood pressure and the application of epidemiological principles to health services research. He has published widely, including editing the Oxford Textbook of Public Health. Jørn Olsen is the current President of the International Epidemiological Association. Charles Florey has served on numerous UK and European research committees as a member and chairman. he was one of several original associate editors of the International Journal of Epidemiology, and was susequently editor. He has also been a member of many local health services committees.

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Table of Contents

Contributors     xvii
History and setting the scene
Introduction   Walter W. Holland   Charles Florey   Jorn Olsen     1
Setting the scene (largely from the UK point of view)   John Pemberton     11
Epidemiological methods and concepts in the nineteenth century and their influences on the twentieth century   Alfredo Morabia     17
Epidemiological concepts pre-1950 and their relation to work in the second half of the century   Rodolfo Saracci     31
Epidemiology and world health   Colin Mathers 4     41
Specific disease areas of concern
Development of the epidemiology of cancer   Richard Doll     63
Cardiovascular disease epidemiology   Henry Blackburn     71
Chronic respiratory disease epidemiology   Frank E. Speizer   Ira B. Tager     93
The epidemiological study of mental disorders since the beginning of the twentieth century   Rebecca Fuhrer   Lee Robins     103
Perinatal epidemiology   Claude Rumeau-Rouquette   Gerard Breart     115
Epidemiology in war and disasters   Haroutune K. Armenian     125
Emerging infectious diseases   Roger Detels     133
Tuberculosis   George W. Comstock     147
Malaria   Richard H. Morrow   William J. Moss     157
Applications and role of epidemiology in related domains
Public health and epidemiology   Lester Breslow   Roger Detels     173
Health services research and epidemiology   Ken L. White     183
Occupational epidemiology   Malcolm Harrington   Tom Sorahan     197
Social epidemiology   Mervyn Susser   Landon Myer     207
Nutritional epidemiology   Basil S. Hetzel     219
Theoretical developments   Olli S. Miettinen     231
Outbreak investigations   Kenrad Nelson     241
Data sources and their utilization   Manolis Kogevinas     253
Development of modern epidemiology: clinical epidemiology   Richard F. Heller     267
Regions and countries
Epidemiological methods: a view from the Americas   Eduardo L. Franco   Salaheddin M. Mahmud   Andrew G. Dean     275
Epidemiology as a common European endeavour   Jorn Olsen   Rodolfo Saracci     289
Epidemiological methods: a view from Africa   Adetokunbo O. Lucas     297
The development of epidemiology in New Zealand and the South Pacific   Ian Prior   Robert Beaglehole     307
Epidemiological methods: a view from East Mediterranean   Mohamed H. Wahdan   Ahmed Mandil     315
Epidemiological methods: a view from China   Yu Shun-Zhang     327
The development of modern epidemiology in the East   Chitr Sitthi-amorn     337
Epidemiological methods: a view from north Asia/Japan   Kunio Aoki   Itsuzo Shigematsu     349
Health transitions in Mexico and Central America: implications for health policy   Julio Frenk   Rafael Lozano   Octavio Gomez-Dantes     361
The development of epidemiology: the United States of America   Warren Winkelstein Jr   Elizabeth Barrett-Connor     373
Poland     385
Development of epidemiology of non-communicable diseases in Poland   Miroslaw J. Wysocki   Jan E. Zejda     386
Epidemiology, prevention, and control of infectious diseases in Poland in the twentieth century   Wieslaw Magdzik     393
Epidemiology and public health in Finland and Scandinavia-development and current state   Arpo Aromaa     405
History of modern epidemiology: Italy   Rodolfo Saracci    Benedetto Terracini   Franco Merletti     421
The development of epidemiology: Spain   Francisco Bolumar     431
Name Index     441
Subject Index     447
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