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2.0 out of 5 stars Save your money - buy the third edition, August 16, 2008
This review is from: Epidemiology, 4th Edition (Paperback)
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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Initial post: Nov 9, 2008 7:40:01 PM PST
I agree - there are very few changes from the third edition. Even the questions at the end of the chapters are identical (the 4th edition has one or two extra in a few chapters). That being said, either edition is a great introduction to epidemilogy.

Posted on Jan 9, 2012 1:02:20 PM PST
Stephanie M says:
Thanks for this info! I was just trying to figure out if it was worth it to get the 3rd or not!!

Posted on Jan 11, 2013 11:50:08 AM PST
Gordis is a brilliant professor. He knows how to present convoluted subject matter in a pragmatic, easy to understand without compromising the core principles of that govern the subject. As such he systematically and parsimoniously chooses his schematic presentation.

To that end, Gordis being in the field as an active researcher and teacher, he knows what has changed and what has not. There is no need for any new editions of any book to make unnecessary changes for the sake of making it "the new edition"....siignificant changes only have to be made with significant new discoveries that have impacted the way things are being done...Gordis could have also changed the book to capture a given teaching style etc etc BUT he chose the contrary...I love his approach!

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