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Epidemiology: Beyond The Basics [Paperback]

Moyses Szklo , Javier Nieto
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August 21, 2006 0763729272 978-0763729271 2
Written for those who are familiar with the basic strategies of analytic epidemiology, Epidemiology: Beyond the Basics takes readers through a more rigorous discussion of key epidemiologic concepts and methods such as study design, measures of association, research assessment, and more. With real-life examples throughout, the book avoids complex statistical formulations and is an invaluable resource for intermediate students and practicing epidemiologists who wish to expand their knowledge of epidemiology and its role in the medical and public health sciences. This thorough revision features end-of-chapter exercises as well an entirely new chapter devoted to issues related to the interface between epidemiology, health policy, and public health, such as Rothman’s causality model, proximal and distal causes, and Hill’s guidelines. Careful attention is also given to sensitivity analysis, meta-analysis, and publication bias.


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  • Paperback: 489 pages
  • Publisher: Jones & Bartlett Learning; 2 edition (August 21, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763729272
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763729271
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 7 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #176,266 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Research for a Grad Student March 2, 2008
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This book is a wonderful book for those 2nd year Master's Epidemiology students who want a detailed but direct resource book for any and all ideas within graduate school. As the title entails, this is not an introductory book or for anyone who is new to the subject. I particularly love the chapter on confounding - it has helped me greatly with writing my thesis. The information is very deep at times, however, but is straight enough to be able to use as a quick resource for any forgotten first year ideas. I recommend this as a NECESSARY book for all graduate students and new professional epidemiologists. It's a timeless book that will more than pay for itself in its usefulness.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Epidemiology: Beyong the Basics October 17, 2009
By J. Wong
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The first thing one notices is that the authors continuously cite Gordis as a reference; one might've just purchased Gordis instead of this book. From a reductionist point of view, everything contained in Szklo and Nieto is almost also the same as everything contained in Gordis, except for the illustrations (which are not that great in Gordis, either). However, one thing that is missing in Gordis, but present in this book, are the algebraic derivations of many measurement of association equations (i.e., relative risk, odds ratios, attributable risk, etc.). Szklo and Nieto also dedicate more time in describing various aspects of different epidemiological studies, such as in the selection of cases and controls, their related measurements of association, and relevant examples from the literature or current studies. In addition, the chapters are organized rather dryly, similar to a calculus text book (i.e, Chapter 4, Section 4.1, 4.1.1, 4.1.1.1, etc.), though that may just be the reason why this book is recommended for the more "serious" intermediate epidemiology student.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous Resource February 18, 2007
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Agree with most of the other reviewers - this IS a very well written text and does a great job at explaining many complex concepts (I too had many lightbulbs go off when reading this text).

I think its strength is that it is written for a reasonably advanced level (i.e., this is NOT meant for intro epi students) and goes into more depth (and more up-to-date examples) than Kelsey, without being as undecipherable as Rothman. Lots of relevant examples that illustrate the concepts discussed in the text, and broken into logical sections. This is a text I will continue to use throughout my career.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good for "beyond basics" study September 24, 2010
By gpatama
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This is a recommended reading for the advance training clinical research class. First time I read this book before the class - felt so confusing and could not finish the first chapter. However, after instruction class - I read it again and found it provide clear figures and examples to add on clear concepts in class lecture. The formal writting style may need high concentration in reading, meanwhile it give clear definition, good for using as reference. In conclusion, this book provide deep understanding for "beyond the basics epidemiology" student espacially accompany with course.

Updated: I learnt that there are some terminology that the reader need calibrate with current concept eg. "Nested case control", Definition of confounding.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book January 31, 2008
By LM
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This book is completly readable and very clear. It is challenging in that the authors do not gloss over concepts - so not for those who only want a superficial understanding of the topics. If you are mourning the change in reader-friendly first edition of Modern Epidemiology (Rothman et al.) to the dense and unreadable tome it has become, you will find this a welcome alternative.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good in whatever it has!! January 13, 2008
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This is an awesome book. It covers a few topics of epidemiology but does them in an awesome way..
I feel the only drawback is that it does not cover an exhaustive list of topics. Hence, if you are looking for something specific, you might want to first look at the book at a local library and see if it features the topic of interest..
Good book for the price..
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Poorly written, confusing January 19, 2009
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I am astounded at the good reviews of this textbook. The authors jump from topic to topic in a non-systematic way. The writing is filled with overlong sentences, semicolons, and dependent clauses, all of which tend to confuse rather than clarify. I am an MD and am studying in an MPH progam in a second semester advanced epidemiology course with this book as a required text. It is possible to get through this book with substantial effort. The authors could stand to take a course themselves in academic writing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My go-to epidemiology book
This book is detailed and comprehensive, but not overwhelming. I refer to it all the time. It is my go-to epidemiology book.
Published 9 months ago by S. Villavicencio
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!
Clear examples, text is easy to follow, easy to thumb through quickly for reference as well! Highly recommended to any new students!
Published 9 months ago by David C Tabano
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Epidemiology textbook
It is a very good textbook even for advanced epidemiology students that is easy to follow. There are lots of practice problems.
Published 17 months ago by Nimish
4.0 out of 5 stars Epidemiology
Text book: this book it a little difficult to follow in some areas but overall informational in helping those who want to learn Epidemiology.
Published on May 5, 2011 by Katie
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The book arrived on time with no hitches. It was in the condition described by the seller. I am very satisfied with this transaction.
Published on March 30, 2011 by Veeva
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect purchase
I got my order in perfect condition and right on time as stated by the seller. The book also had a transparent wrap which I suppose was placed by the seller and will help in... Read more
Published on August 5, 2009
5.0 out of 5 stars The best choice for the intermediate to advanced student
This book will be an excellent choice if you already know the basics and do not plan to become a full time professional research epidemiologist; if you do not rule out becoming a... Read more
Published on July 17, 2008 by Miquel Porta
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