Epidemiology : An Introduction

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In the past thirty years, epidemiology has matured from a fledgling scientific field into a vibrant discipline that brings together the biological and social sciences, and in doing so, draws upon disciplines ranging from statistics and survey sampling to the philosophy of science. These areas of knowledge have converged into a modern theory of epidemiology that has been slow to penetrate into textbooks, particularly at the introductory level. "Epidemiology: An Introduction" closes the gap. It begins with a brief, lucid discussion of casual thinking and causal inference and then takes the reader through the elements of epidemiology, focusing on the measures of disease occurrence and causal effects. With these building blocks in place, the reader learns how to design, analyze and interpret epidemiologic research studies, and how to deal with the fundamental problems that epidemiologists face, including confounding, the role of chance, and the exploration of interactions. All these topics are layered on the foundation of basic principles presented in simple language, with numerous examples and questions for further thought.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 236 pages
  • 154 x 232 x 14mm | 421.84g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 28 line illustrations
  • 0195135547
  • 9780195135541
  • 356,173

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This is an excellent introduction to the principles and concepts of epidemiology. European Journal of Public Health, Vol 14, No 2show more

Table of contents

1. Introduction to Epidemiologic Thinking; 2. What is Causation?; 3. Measuring Disease Occurrence and Causal Effects; 4. Types of Epidemiologic Study; 5. Biases of Study Design; 6. Random Error and the Role of Statistics; 7. Analyzing Simple Epidemiologic Data; 8. Controlling Confounding by Stratifying Data; 9. Measuring Interactions; 10. Using Regression Models in Epidemiologic Analysis; 11. Epidemiology in Clinical Settingsshow more

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