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A Dictionary of Epidemiology Paperback – December 15, 2000

ISBN-13: 978-0195141696 ISBN-10: 0195141695 Edition: 4th

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 4 edition (December 15, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195141695
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195141696
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.3 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #713,720 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From reviews of previous editions:

"This book needs no recommendation as its predecessor has already made its name. We should thank Professor Last and all his contributors for providing us with such a useful tool."--International Journal of Epidemiology

"The production of a second edition of A Dictionary of Epidemiology after only five years is a tribute to its success and a function of the rate of change of both the subject matter and the methods of epidemiological research...Buy the book. You will not regret it."--Canadian Journal of Public Health

"Reflects an impressive array of contributors....A most useful help to precision in the use of epidemiological terms and ought to find a place on most library and department shelves."--British Medical Journal

"A unique and authoritative source of reference that should be widely available wherever epidemiological work is being undertaken."--Community Health Studies

"Many definitions are substantially more informative that their standard dictionary counterparts."--Annals of Internal Medicine

"Consider this an essential companion to serious reading of the medical literature."--Yale Journal of Biology and Medicine

"Last has performed a great service for students and professionals alike....A reference book that few college libraries--and certainly no medical library--will want to be without."--Choice

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John M. Last is at University of Ottawa.

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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Zeyad Morcos on February 16, 2002
Format: Paperback
As a resident, I frequently prepared journal clubs, where we have to carefully discuss and scrutinize studies. I gained some introduction from "Appleton and Lange's Review of Epidemiology and Biostatistics for the USMLE". But preparing for journal clubs was quite different. There are many of statistical and epidemiological terminology in each article, some I am familiar with, but others are confusing and new. In this very helpful "dictionary" I was able to find more than 95% of the terms with brief definition and good short explanation that successfully allowed me to soundly evaluate the studies and prepare an impressive brief, neat handouts. The great thing about this dictionary was its well organization and ease to find what you are looking for. My friends frequently borrowed when they have to prepare their journal clubs, and found it really helpful.
It is a dictionary; i.e., arranged alphabetically sequencing the terms, and if a term has more than one name, they mention them all, before the explanation.
I highly recommended to every resident, as it will not only will help during residency, but also surely during real life and practice, especially a with hundreds of "trials, studies" appears in medical journal daily.
I gave it four not five stars, because few explanation were rather short, despite informative, and lack of illustration and pictures, which may require you to use a regular textbook in Epidemiology, this happened maybe almost 1 from every 10 terms.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Zee on May 15, 2007
Format: Paperback
A useful reference by John Last, which, I believe, will be his last edition. Beginning researchers, especially non-epidemiologists such as clinicians, will find that many of the statistical and epidemiologic terms which they encounter in the medical literature are defined here in one compact reference.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By EpiCrazy on January 4, 2007
Format: Paperback
I'm a first year student in a doctoral program in epidemiology. This book has been a life saver!
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