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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Bernard J. Turnock, MD, MPH (University of Illinois at Chicago)
Description: The reduction of risks associated with impure water and water supplies has contributed greatly to improved health status in developed nations. Still, waterborne diseases take a heavy toll in terms of mortality and morbidity worldwide. This book provides a catalog of waterborne diseases highlighting their epidemiological and engineering aspects.
Purpose: Intended to serve as a resource and reference on the epidemiological and ecological aspects of diseases spread through water, this book also serves to re-establish the importance of waterborne health risks in the modern world.
Audience: Public health and medical professionals, microbiologists, and students of these disciplines will appreciate this compendium.
Features: Its major feature is the inclusion of more than 30 distinct diseases and conditions that are waterborne. Traditional bacterial diseases are included alongside other microorganisms and viruses; even cancer and pregnancy outcomes are addressed. Some chapters are quite brief, others more fully examine current status and risks. The book's features are average and unremarkable in most respects. There are fewer illustrations, charts, and graphs than would be expected in a volume such as this. However, those included are appropriate and interesting.
Assessment: This resource fills an interesting niche in comprehensively examining the epidemiological and ecological aspects of waterborne conditions. Although dry in its presentation, this book ably argues that the safety and purity of potable water is critical to worldwide health.