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Epidemiology

ISBN-10: 019954333X
ISBN-13: 9780199543335
Edition: 2010
Authors: Rodolfo Saracci
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Description: What is epidemiology? What are the causes of a new disease? How can pandemics be prevented? Epidemiology is the study of the changing patterns of disease and its main aim is to improve the health of populations. It's a vital field, central to the  More...

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Book details

Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 2/25/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 144
Size: 4.50" wide x 6.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.286

What is epidemiology? What are the causes of a new disease? How can pandemics be prevented? Epidemiology is the study of the changing patterns of disease and its main aim is to improve the health of populations. It's a vital field, central to the health of society, to the identification of causes of disease, and to their management and prevention. Epidemiology has had an impact on many areas of medicine; from discovering the relationship between tobacco smoking and lung cancer, to the origin and spread of new epidemics. However, it is often poorly understood, largely due to misrepresentations in the media.In this Very Short Introduction Rodolfo Saracci dispels some of the myths surrounding the study of epidemiology. He provides a general explanation of the principles behind clinical trials, and explains the nature of basic statistics concerning disease. He also looks at the ethical and political issues related to obtaining and using information concerning patients, and trials involving placebos.

What is epidemiology?
Measuring health and disease
Searching for the causes of diseases
Establishing the causes of a disease
Testing how to control a disease
Following-up people's health
Enquiring back into people's lives
Mapping health and disease
From epidemiology to medicine, prevention, and public health
Epidemiology between ethics and politics

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