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Methods in Observational Epidemiology [Hardcover]

Jennifer L. Kelsey , Alice S. Whittemore , Alfred S. Evans , W. Douglas Thompson
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May 15 1996 0195083776 978-0195083774 Second Edition
Providing a comprehensive picture of the design, conduct, analysis, and interpretation of non-experimental studies of both infectious and non-infectious diseases, the Second Edition of this widely used text has been thoroughly updated to take into account the numerous developments in epidemiology over the past decade. Since the first edition was published in 1986, additional sources of data have become available through the increasing use of computerized records for health-related purposes. Also, a better understanding of the uses and limitations of certain epidemiologic concepts has been gained. Modifications of traditional study designs, including nested case-control studies and case-cohort studies, are now more frequently employed. Biological markers of exposure, disease susceptibility, and disease itself are used in many studies and methods of statistical analysis have been further developed. All of these developments have been considered in writing the Second Edition. The authors cover the full scope of observational studies, describing in detail cohort studies, case-control studies, cross-sectional studies, and epidemic investigation. The use of statistical procedures is described in easy-to-understand terms. Sample size estimation, sampling, measurement, and measurement error are fully discussed. Each chapter in the second edition has been updated and several chapters have been expanded. Chapter 3, which summarizes sources of data on disease occurrence, includes several additional sources of data. Chapter 5, which describes modifications of traditional study designs, now contains nested case-control and case-cohort studies. Chapter 15, on other types of measurement, has been expanded to include sections on measurement in epidemiologic studies of the elderly and on biological markers since these have become major areas of epidemiologic research in recent years. Much of the material in Chapters 6, 7, and 9 on the analysis of data from epidemiologic studies is also new to this edition. Perhaps the greatest challenge for the authors in writing this Second Edition was to make some of the modern, frequently used methods of statistical analysis understandable to readers with a limited mathematical or statistical background. Although this book is intended for readers who have had introductory courses in epidemiology and biostatistics, even readers who do not fully comprehend the theory behind some of the techniques should understand the rationale for their use and be able to interpret results when they appear on a computer printout or in the literature. The Second Edition of this widely used text will serve as a practical resource for students and practitioners of epidemiology, public health and biostatistics.

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"A highly readable and practical guide, with numerous examples and exercises."--Robert E. McKeown in Epidemiology Monitor

From reviews of the first edition:

"A much-needed, descriptive, informative, comprehensive, and up-to-date guide to the many theoretical facts as well as the important practical applications of observational epidemiology. [The authors] expand on many concepts their colleagues merely label and focus these topics as the essence of epidemiological issues....The book is excellently illustrated with appropriate tables and figures that aid in the lucid presentation and clarification of the concepts and examples covered....Should serve as an excellent text for students learning methodology in epidemiology and as a handy and reliable reference source for scientists and researchers actively involved in non-experimental epidemiologic investigations."--Yale Journal of Biology and Medicine

"The most impressive feature...is its clarity....Throughout the book principles are illustrated by well-chosen examples from studies on a wide diversity of diseases."--The Lancet

"A comprehensive methods book covering a broad range of topics....Important and complicated concepts are communicated in a readable format with a minimum of symbols and equations, making this text appropriate to a wide audience within the field of public health....Well written...I highly recommend this book both as a graduate level text, and as a basic reference for practicing professionals."--Epidemiology Monitor

"This second edition has a number of features that clearly distinguish it from other books covering epidemiologic research methods...The book appears...useful as either a course textbook or for use in self-study....The pervasive reference to sources for more in-depth coverage of specific points is a strength often missing from texts attempting to cover a discipline broadly."--American Journal of Preventive Medicine

"This book received positive reviews at the time of the first edition and it offers the same good overview in the second edition of the topics confronted by epidemiologists ....Among the growing number of textbooks in epidemiology, this one should find a niche among the working epidemiologist."--Doody's Health Sciences Book Review Journal

"The second edition is a solid contribution to the field of epidemiology."--Chronic Diseases in Canada

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4.0 out of 5 stars Good reference Aug. 11 2000
I think this book,Methods in Observational Epidemiology, might be very good reference to many scientists, especially biostatistist or epidemiologists.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Textbook April 10 2013
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This was an recommended title for my class, and I am so glad I bought it. Love the way it is written. Great book to have for anyone interested or working in public health.
3.0 out of 5 stars Provides The Information Feb. 8 2014
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A lot of material and content - good overview of the methods. A little on the "academia" side of providing information. I can see why instructors use it as a textbook in an epidemiology course.
2.0 out of 5 stars Too wordy Oct. 20 2013
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This book could be half as long. The book makes straight forward topics seem complicated with their unnecessarily long explanations. It is also incredibly redundant.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Boring as hell Dec 3 2004
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I drudged my way through the early chapters of this book. Most all-star topics in epidemiology are reliably laid out there. Unfortunately, the book is boring as hell. The one time I tried to use one of examples given in the book to calculate something (power or sample size?) I got hopelessly lost - the layout does not allow formulas to stand out. I found class notes and handouts much more useful than this book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good reference Aug. 11 2000
By Wonjin Lee - Published on Amazon.com
I think this book,Methods in Observational Epidemiology, might be very good reference to many scientists, especially biostatistist or epidemiologists.
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