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Epidemiology, 4th Edition Paperback – Other Calendar, May 28, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-1416040026 ISBN-10: 1416040021 Edition: 4th

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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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Saunders; 4th edition (May 28, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416040021
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416040026
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 7.3 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #39,861 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Influencing the educations of medical students for more than three decades, Leon Gordis, MD, an Elsevier Author, is professor emeritus at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and director of the Johns Hopkins Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program. His primary areas of study include epidemiology and public policy and the epidemiology of chronic diseases in childhood.

For more information, visit http://elsevierauthors.com/leongordis.

Customer Reviews

Excellent book on Epidemiology, very easy to read.
Alonge Olakunle
Many of the figures referred to in the text are not available for viewing in the electronic version.
jl915
I needed it for class, but even so, it's quite a good read.
Lauren Albert

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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Ajit G. de Silva on October 18, 2011
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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.
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Susan Braider on November 21, 2010
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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.
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37 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Parson Birch on August 16, 2008
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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.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By NEWS on February 12, 2012
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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By CORRINE on February 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.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Yajaira Escobedo on May 19, 2012
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This book I needed it for a graduate course and help wonders. It is very detailed about the study of epidemiology. It teaches you the different analysis done to understand what is happenening in a certain populations if an outbreak would take place. Recommend and a good read if your just an enthusiast.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rajiv Ulpe on September 30, 2008
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Books by Gordis have been used for Epidemiology courses everywhere,and the course I am taking is from a federal educational institution. The book is excellent, resourceful, packaged with an online supplement which is very helpful. The book talks mostly about chronic epidemiology, which of course is the trend due to an overbearing presence of chronic diseases in the society. The cover is colorful, content is appropriate, but the book is light and easy to handle, unlike the big, fat books associated with epidemiology. A good book for someone who is doing the basics of epidemiology, good one for someone proficient in epidemiology as well.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. Sharif on July 7, 2012
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This text is an easy read and very informative. However, you can tell the book is written for advanced students. I recommend a supplemental introduction to epidemiology textbook if you are using this book for your first class in epidemiology.
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