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Product Details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Saunders; 4 edition (May 14 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416040021
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416040026
  • Product Dimensions: 25 x 18.6 x 1.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 771 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #81,549 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Reviewer : Daniela Moga,  MD  (University of Iowa College of Public Health)

DescriptionThis fourth edition of an introduction to epidemiology's principles and applications follows the same structure as the 2004 edition while presenting new and updated information and using color graphs and pictures to make epidemiologic concepts easier to understand. 

Purpose: Many professionals apply methods and concepts derived from epidemiology. Moreover, the lay public needs to be educated in its basic principles, particularly since epidemiologic research involves human subjects and their participation is vital for valid results and inferences. Therefore, a book like this is extremely important to the field.

Audience: It addresses a large audience interested in epidemiology as a basic science for disease prevention and an important part of public health policy development and evaluation. The author targets a broad group of professionals in different disciplines, as well as the public at large. It is useful not only for a large variety of students (from health sciences to legal disciplines), but also for public health and medical practitioners who are interested in keeping up-to-date with epidemiologic research applicable to their specialty. The author has vast experience, not only in medical and epidemiologic research, but also in teaching. 

Features: The book's three main sections flow in a logical manner. The first one introduces the different approaches to measure disease occurrence and explains the importance of measuring health-related outcomes. The second section presents epidemiologic methods in evaluating the relationship between risk/protective factors and disease occurrence and establishing causality. The last section, an important part of the book, emphasizes epidemiology's applications for public health programs and policies. The appendix helps readers link information from different parts of the book and the pictures and graphs help in understanding the text. The organization of the book is a clever way of introducing readers to basic epidemiology principles and methods.

 Assessment: The fourth edition presents important updates in a very dynamic field and introduces the new approaches in study design. The color pictures and graphs make the concepts clearer and easier to follow most of the time. As more and more professionals use epidemiologic principles, an updated and easier to use edition of this book is valuable. I strongly recommend it.

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This book is an excellent source for students looking for a book covering basic epidemiology. The book is well organized and start with a step wise approach to explain majors issues in epidemiology ( bias , study designs) however it supplies only basic knowledge of different concepts.
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The BEST introductory textbook for a student in Epidemiology.Concepts are described in an easy-to-understand format with plenty of illustrations. Beyond Epidemiology students, I highly recommend this text for medical students and practitioners conducting research and those with a general interest in Epidemiology.
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HASH(0xa07c1f78) out of 5 stars Should be pulled from Kindle. Formatting is problematic. Oct. 18 2011
By agdesilva - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought this thinking I could save some money, take advantage of Kindle's highlighting and search, and be more compact. At this point my experience is so bad I suggest Amazon pull Kindle edition. The first issue I noticed was that many images were blank with the note that copyright for an electronic presentation had not been secured. If it were one or two cartoons from the New Yorker that would be acceptable but epidemiological charts were missing. These rights should either be secured or a paper copy should be mailed along. The next problem was the tables written by the author himself. In one of the chapter questions the cells had moved. Epidemiology is filled with tables and moving one cell over will make calculations incorrect or impossible. Perhaps there are more errors, but I haven't finished my class nor this book. I found an older paperback edition and I must say it is a beautifully presented. The beauty I realize I sacrifice when I buy electronic, but the sad if not incorrect presentation of information makes this a nonstarter. Do not buy.
37 of 43 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ec4aa98) out of 5 stars Save your money - buy the third edition Aug. 16 2008
By Parson Birch - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I agree with most of the other reviews here and also think this is a good introductory text. If you can get past the bad jokes and frequent references to Christianity, its clearly written and has good examples. However, this 4th edition is a classic example of an author repackaging an old textbook as a new edition and trying to make money off of it. Gordis claims that the 4th edition has many changes, but in reality the chapters are the same and only a few less significant references have been updated. My advice is to save your money and buy the third edition - just as good and much cheaper.
28 of 32 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ebf8d14) out of 5 stars No Access Nov. 21 2010
By Susan Braider - Published on Amazon.com
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Unbeknownst to me when purchasing the kindle edition of this good, basic text, there is no access to the online supplementary material. The result of Elsevier's failure to provide kindle purchasers with p.I.n.s is that we do not get what we pay for.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa07c1db0) out of 5 stars E version omits figures every other page Feb. 12 2012
By NEWS - Published on Amazon.com
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The content of the book is fine, no complaints there.

Its very annoying though that every other page has a note: "Rights not granted to include this figure in electronic media. Please refer to the printed publication"

Some images/figures are included some or not. Seems as if 50% of figures are not included in e-version. That was not indicated before I bought this book. Be warned when buying for Kindle.
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HASH(0x9f5f94bc) out of 5 stars Unable to view some items in the text. Feb. 21 2013
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I'm unable to view important graphs and other relevant figures/tables/pictures because permission was not granted to print them electronically. I'm missing lots of important information. Wouldn't consider purchasing another textbook in Kindle format.