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Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Preventive Medicine: With STUDENT CONSULT Online Access, 3e [Paperback]

by James F. Jekel MD MPH, David L. Katz MD MPH, Dorothea Wild MD MPH Dr. Med, Joann G. Elmore MD MPH
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Book Description

May 21, 2007 141603496X 978-1416034964 3
Succinct yet thorough, Epidemiology, Biostatistics, and Preventive Medicine, 3rd Edition brings you today's best knowledge on epidemiology, biostatistics, preventive medicine, and public health-in one convenient source. You'll find the latest on healthcare policy and financing · infectious diseases · chronic disease · and disease prevention technology. This text also serves as an outstanding resource for preparing for the USMLE, and the American Board of Preventive Medicine recommends it as a top review source for its core specialty examination.
  • Discusses the financial concerns and the use and limitations of screening in the prevention of symptomatic disease.
  • Emphasizes the application of epidemiologic and biostatistical concepts to everyday clinical problem solving and decision making.
  • Showcases important concepts and calculations inside quick-reference boxes.
  • Presents abundant illustrations and well-organized tables to clarify and summarize complex concepts.
  • Includes 350 USMLE-style questions and answers, complete with detailed explanations about why various choices are correct or incorrect.
  • Includes the latest information on Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) · SARS · avian form of H5N1 influenza · the obesity epidemic · and more.

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Product Details

  • Series: Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Preventive Medicine
  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Saunders; 3 edition (May 21, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 141603496X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416034964
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 8.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #355,235 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Used this along with the Mayo Clinic Preventive Medicine and Public Health Board Review (Mayo Clinic Scientific Press)Preventive Medicine & Public Health: PreTest Self-Assessment and Review to prepare for the Preventive Medicine Certification Board exam (Core & Public Health/ General Preventive Medicine) this year.

The strength of this book lies in the biostatistics and epidemiology sections - they are well written. Rather than giving you several formulae to memorize, they encourage you to form an intuitive understanding of the concepts, which I prefer.

The questions in these sections are also good in that they force you to acquire a thorough understanding of those concepts.

I also appreciate the spirit of this book - it is one of the few to explain "what preventive medicine is" and is written by authors who clearly love what they do. In fact, on the spectrum of reference textbooks read by self-confessed nerds like me, it's actually fairly interesting. If I'd read this as a student or intern, I'd have gained valuable knowledge and perspective on the field of preventive medicine prior to my MPH. Reading it makes me proud of being a practitioner of preventive medicine.

That being said, in terms of nuts and bolts preparation for the board exam, this book is quite inadequate. While the biostats/epi sections are fairly decent, you'll absolutely need another text for studying occupational medicine and environmental medicine, and you'll need to go to the USPSTF and CDC website to look up chronic disease guidelines, screening recommendations, and immunization schedules.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellence in Biostatistics November 3, 2011
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I have used the 2nd edition but the 3rd edition
is superior. The 3rd edtion has a complete
medical glossary, classical mathematIcal examples
are transfered from the 2nd edition, and at the
end of each chapter, there is a short test on the
material. No question, there are areas where
the authors, or publishers, could have been
clearer but overall, most readers will
benefit from the examples. Readers in Biostatistics and Epidemiology know these
subjects can be difficult to write about, but
I found this edition reader friendly.Is it perfect? No, but for the intermediate reader,
it fufills the need to master complex subjects.
One of the sources for this book is the
"Basic and Clinical Biostatistics", 4th, edition,
2004, Dawson, B., etc. This book received
mixed reviews from readers. I think most
readers will be satisfied with Jekel's book.A
major advantage to this text is the clear explanations of major subjects like sensitivity,
specificity, and odds ratios. Readers will be
deighted with this clear writing.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Epidemiology April 24, 2013
By Ginnie
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This book was not a success at the module run as part of the degree - BSc [Hons] Aerospace Medicine, under the auspices of the University of Pretoria, South Africa.
The course director much prefered the free WHO publication - Beaglehole.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great April 13, 2013
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The book is simple and it is very easy to read. The authors used a concise language, I really enjoyed it.
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