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Topics in Environmental Epidemiology / Edition 1

Topics in Environmental Epidemiology / Edition 1

by Kyle Steenland, David SavitzKyle Steenland


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A comprehensive survey of the epidemiology of common environmental exposures, this volume covers diet, water, particulates in outdoor air, nitrogen dioxide, ozone, environmental tobacco smoke, radon in homes, electromagnetic fields, and lead. Design and analysis issues, risk assessment and meta-analysis, and future directions in environmental epidemiology are also discussed. All chapters provide a review of the relevant literature as well as an overview of important methodologic issues, particularly exposure assessment and statistical methods.
Most of these exposures are widespread and low-level, and are thought to increase the risk of chronic diseases that have many causes. Even though the disease risks due to these exposures may be low, the public health burden may be significant because large numbers of people are exposed. Such exposures are inherently difficult to detect via observational epidemiology. This book clarifies the problems and suggests ways to move forward. It will be useful to students and practitioners of public health, environmental health, and epidemiology.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780195095647
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 05/01/1997
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 376
Product dimensions: 9.50(w) x 6.31(h) x 1.08(d)

About the Author

Kyle Steenland, Ph.D., is Senior Epidemiologist at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Centers for Disease Control. He is the editor of Case Studies in Occupational Epidemiology (OUP, 1993).
David Savitz, Ph.D., is Professor and Chairman of the Department of Epidemiology at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction, Kyle Steenland and David Savitz
2. Design and Analysis of Studies in Environmental Epidemiology, Kyle Steenland and Jim Deddens (University of Cincinnati)
3. Meta-Analysis and Risk Assessment, Catherine Wright, Peggy Lopipero, and Allan Smith (all at University of California, Berkeley)
4. Diet and Food Contaminants, Manuel Posada de la Paz (Ministeria de Sanidad y Consumo)
5. Water: Chlorinated Hydrocarbons and Infectious Agents, David Savitz and Christine Moe (University of North Carolina)
6. Outdoor Air I: Particulates, Douglass Dockery and C. Arden Pope III (both at Harvard School of Public Health)
7. Outdoor Air II: Nitrogen Dioxide, Jordi Sunyer (IMIM)
8. Outdoor Air III: Ozone, Victor Hugo Borja-Aburto (National Institute of Public Health, Mexico) and Dana Loomis (University of North Carolina)
9. Environmental Tobacco Smoke I: Childhood Diseases, Ruth A. Etzel (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
10. Environmental Tobacco Smoke II: Lung Cancer, Anna H. Wu (USC/Norris Comprehensive Cancer Institute)
11. Environmental Tobacco Smoke III: Heart Disease, Kyle Steenland
12. Radiation I: Radon, Ross C. Brownson (St. Louis University Health Science Center) and Michael C.R. Alavanja (National Cancer Institute)
13. Radiation II: Electromagnetic Fields, David Savitz
14. Effects of Lead in Children and Adults, David Bellinger (Children's Hospital, Boston) and Joel Schwartz (Harvard School of Public Health)
15. Future Directions in Environmental Epidemiology, Kyle Steenland and David Savitz

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