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Epidemiology, 4th Edition [Other Calendar] [Paperback]

Leon Gordis
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May 28, 2008 1416040021 978-1416040026 4th
This popular book is written by the award-winning teacher, Dr. Leon Gordis of the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University. He introduces the basic principles and concepts of epidemiology in clear, concise writing and his inimitable style. This book provides an understanding of the key concepts in the following 3 fully updated sections: Section I: The Epidemiologic Approach to Disease and Intervention; Section II: Using Epidemiology to Identify the Causes of Disease; Section III: Applying Epidemiology to Evaluation and Policy. Clear, practical graphs and charts, cartoons, and review questions with answers reinforce the text and aid in comprehension.
  • Utilizes new full-color format to enhance readability and clarity.
  • Provides new and updated figures, references and concept examples to keep you absolutely current - new information has been added on Registration of Clinical Trials, Case-Cohort Design, Case-Crossover Design, and Sources and Impact of Uncertainty ( disease topics include: Obesity, Asthma, Thyroid Cancer, Helicobacter Pylori and gastric/duodenal ulcer and gastric cancer, Mammography for women in their forties) - expanded topics include Person-time.
  • Includes STUDENT CONSULT access, allowing you to:
    o Access the complete contents of the book online, anywhere you go.perform quick searches.and add your own notes and bookmarks.
    o Test yourself with the additional TEST BANK including 200 MCQs, plus complete rationales for all self-assessment Q and A in the print book.
    o Reference all other STUDENT CONSULT titles you own online, too-all in one place!
  • Introduces both the underlying concepts as well as the practical uses of epidemiology in public health and in clinical practice.
  • Systemizes learning and review with study questions in each section and an answer key and index.
  • Illustrates textual information with clear and informative full-color illustrations, many created by the author and tested in the classroom.

Editorial Reviews


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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.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Saunders; 4th edition (May 28, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416040021
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416040026
  • Product Dimensions: 2.8 x 4 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,839 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

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.

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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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
2.0 out of 5 stars No Access November 21, 2010
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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
2.0 out of 5 stars Save your money - buy the third edition August 16, 2008
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
4.0 out of 5 stars E version omits figures every other page February 12, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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
3.0 out of 5 stars Unable to view some items in the text. 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Informative, Detailed and enlightening. 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
5.0 out of 5 stars student 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Epidemiology - Gordis October 4, 2011
By ookah
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Being a novice in the field of Epidemiology, I do not know that I am well versed enough to give an opinion but...I can't say I really like the book. It starts out very interesting but then gets in to all the calculations for epidemiological issues. Unfortunately the explanations are hard to follow with poor analogies. I think in Epidemiology analogies are very important and would be a necessary teaching tool. I do not believe I would have chosen this book for students. Way too many pics of graphs and table without adequate explanation as to what they represent.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Epi
An easy read that captures your interest from the start
Published 7 days ago by Rachelle Glover
1.0 out of 5 stars No page numbers and half the figures are not available in the Kindle...
This book is fairly useless in the kindle format for following along with reading assignments for class because of the lack of page numbers. Read more
Published 25 days ago by A L BLAIR
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Epidemiology Textbook
Excellent text book on the subject! Very straightforward with clear, relevant examples and charts. I would strongly recommend for an introductory course in epidemiology.
Published 25 days ago by Tara Martinelli
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book
Seller spot on and book for class actually useful. Explains clear and appropriate and easy understanding. Will be great reference as well.
Published 3 months ago by Nancy Wichtendahl
5.0 out of 5 stars Well written!
Very well-written text and describes the concepts simply and easily. It is definitely an entry-level epidemiology book. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Shannon
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect condition
The book is in very good condition. Has some underlines and highlight but that's even better for me. Perfect for me!!
Published 4 months ago by sim
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, simple introduction to Epidemiology
This book provides a very basic overview of epidemiology, which is helpful if you are a novice to the subject. Read more
Published 4 months ago by chemsafety51
4.0 out of 5 stars Yaaay for E-Textbooks
It's incredibly useful to be able to use search & highlight features for my textbook (since I purchased the Kindle edition). Read more
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Well written
This is a great introduction to Epidemiology. It is very well written and easy to understand. All the calculations are shown and lots of examples are given.
Published 4 months ago by Cindy R. Balkstra
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Supplemental Information
This book is easy to read and arranges the information in a format that holds your interest. Newer versions may be more helpful, but I had to purchase this as a required textbook... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Angela M Williams
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