Reviewer: James C. Torner, PhD, MS (University of Iowa College of Public Health)
Description: This quick overview provides a description of epidemiology as a field and its history, its basics, and its application in research.
Purpose: The authors aim to translate the field of epidemiology, its concepts, and methods to clinicians. For those who take a formal course, this book provides an open door. The authors also try to put epidemiology in context using examples and humor. Making epidemiology approachable is essential for the understanding and producing of evidence for medicine.
Audience: The book targets clinicians and healthcare practitioners. Others who may not have the time to understand epidemiology, perhaps journalists and administrators, might find this book useful. The authors provide insight into clinical measurement and epidemiology.
Features: The foundation of epidemiology begins the book, and chapter 2 discusses classical epidemiology. It then progresses to research methodology, upon which most analytical epidemiology is based. The fourth chapter on measurement is the best, providing a description of epidemiologic measures and their foundation. The remaining chapters provide the context in which methods and measurement apply. Unique are the authors' humorous interjections and the CRAP detector segments.
Assessment: The strength of this book lies in its accessible length, content, and scope. It opens the door and invites further reading on epidemiology methods and applications. The updates make this edition current, but it probably won't replace earlier versions on the shelf.