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Modern Infectious Disease Epidemiology, Second Edition [Paperback]

Johan Giesecke
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October 29, 2001 0340764236 978-0340764237 2
The second edition of Modern Infectious Disease Epidemiology, in line with changing health concerns, is a thorough revision of the first. Written from an infectious disease perspective throughout, the book aims to teach epidemiology to those with a background in this field. It seeks to fill the gap between the standard textbooks of epidemiology, which rarely approach the subject from an infectious disease perspective, and standard books on infection surveillance and control, which tend to slant more towards microbiology and practical measures than towards analytical epidemiology.

Divided into two parts, the first covers the tools of epidemiology much like other textbooks, but always from an infectious disease perspective. The second covers the role of contact pattern from an assessment angle, and uses the tools learnt to illustrate the study of fundamental infectious disease concepts, such has infectivity, incubation periods, seroepidemiology and immunity.

This detailed theoretical epidemiology textbook is clearly set out, with an expanded chapter on practical statistical methods, and a new chapter on descriptive epidemiology. Key features include new clinical examples and infectious disease problems of recent interest, such as tuberculosis and vCJD. All students of epidemiology, infectious disease medicine, and microbiology will find this an invaluable guide.

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It is very readable and clearly and genially takes the reader through the basics of infectious diseases and epidemiology before bringing the two themes together. I have learned a lot from reading this clear exposition. This book was a delight to review. It is clearly written and has a very logical way of explaining the subject.
Judges at the 2002 BMA Medical Book Competition Aw

This book is undoubtedly authoritative and detailed, and as such seems appropriate for those with an academic interest in communicable disease epidemiology, or a need to understand this field in great depth
Journal of Public Health Medicine

Giesecke has to a great degree brought successfully together the basic tools of statistics and methodology and their application in understanding the epidemiology of infectious disease
Microbiology Europe

There is a clarity and brevity when discussing necessary mathematical concepts so that a quick clear grasp of the issues can be gained. This is a lucid, thoroughly readable book which may be read from cover to cover of dipped into and referred to again.
Journal of Epidemiology

A very readable book that leaves you inspired and confident to tackle some of those gnawing questions without feeling the need to call up 'the epidemiologists'.By his enthusiasm, I believe Professor Giesecke enjoyed writing this book and he has done us a service in doing so.
Tropical Doctor

This is the most authoratative and clearly written book on infectious disease epidemiology - the first edition was was outstanding - I am sure the second edition is even better. I strongly recommend it to my students and colleagues.
Dr Anjum Memon, Public Health Primary Care, Univer

About the Author

Johan Giesecke is at Karolinska Institute.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: CRC Press; 2 edition (October 29, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340764236
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340764237
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.7 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #358,558 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Introductory epidemiology texts have historically been very weak on the special features of the epidemiology of infectious disease. The only texts available that adequately covered infectious disease epidemiology were too intense (mathematically and otherwise) for an undergraduate course, too expensive to impose on students, and/or lacking in the broad concepts of epidemiology that apply to non-infectious as well as infectious diseases. Dr. Giesecke's book smoothly integrates the broad concepts of epidemiology with the specific features of infectious disease. You will find here all the requisite concepts of introductory epidemiology such as incidence and prevalence, sensitivity and specificity, case-control and cohort studies, confounding and interaction. You will also find chapters on seroepidemiology, vaccination epidemiology, mathematical models for epidemics (with relatively low intensity math that most undergrads might handle), the study of contact patterns and other topics related to infectious disease, and others. In all this, Dr. Giesecke uses intuitive explanations that make difficult subjects comprehensible. Teachers of epidemiology will find this book very useful for introductory epidemiology courses. As a primer and/or refresher for those in public health and various medical professions, this book is--among a vast multitude of competitors--uniquely fitting.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just Right! April 28, 2014
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I'm currently an MPH candidate, concentrating in infectious disease epidemiology. While there are other well-written books in this field (particularly Dr. Kenrad Nelson's outstanding "Infectious Disease Epidemiology"), I have been looking for a text which succinctly encapsulates the general epi/biostats functions that might be considered the standard 'tools of the trade.' This book fills that role exceptionally well. Topics range from natural history of disease, to epidemic curves, to chi square and basic regression analysis. Each chapter is just a simple as it should be, with very concise descriptions and clear, <i>useful</i> explanations. There are also several case studies which help to synthesize and better illustrate the subject matter within the framework of an actual real-world investigation. This book is an excellent companion to the broader scope of Dr. Nelson's work (above) and the APHA's "Control of Communicable Diseases Handbook." No new epidemiologist should be without all three!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great on concepts, some bad typos April 21, 2010
I use this textbook in my introductory epidemiology course. I like the format and the way topics are introduced and dealt with in an approachable, easily-understandable manner. The book takes a very practical outlook on epidemiology, and it is easy to apply the concepts as explained.

However, there are several bad errors or typos in the mathematical equations in several sections, which can be extremely confusing-- the math in Giesecke's examples is generally worked correctly, but the equations themselves are written incorrectly, and it is necessary for the instructor to give the students the correct formulas and tell them to correct the ones in the textbook. He also does not explain where certain constants (e.g. Z-values) come from, but simply says things like "For a 95% confidence interval, multiply by 1.96," which leaves the reader with the impression that this is some sort of magical number, and without anywhere to turn if one happens to want a 90% or 99% confidence interval instead.

All in all, I like this book as a basic introductory text *IF* one is able to correct the (relatively simple) errors as one goes. It is probably not suitable for an advanced course or for someone wanting to study the subject independently, who does not have a reference for the equations.
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