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Essential Epidemiology
An Introduction for Students and Health Professionals

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Martyn Kirk, Adrian Sleigh
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  • Date Published: December 2016
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  • isbn: 9781316685273
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  • Taking a practical approach and supported by global examples from all areas of health, the new edition of this popular and highly commended textbook has been updated to reflect current epidemiological thinking and teaching. Based on feedback from teachers and students, material has been reordered to better suit courses and reflect the underlying logic and purpose of epidemiology. • Provides students with a rounded picture of the field by emphasizing the commonalities across different areas of epidemiology, including clinical epidemiology, and highlighting the key role of epidemiology in public health • Avoids complex mathematics by restricting this to optional material, thereby keeping the book accessible to students from non-quantitative backgrounds • Integrated and supplementary questions help students to reinforce concepts • A wealth of online material is available at, including additional questions, advanced material for key concepts, recommendations for further reading, links to useful websites and slides for teaching, supporting both students and teachers.

    • Demonstrates the commonalities between different areas of epidemiology and emphasizes the key role of epidemiology in public health
    • Considers the nature and practical implications of the fundamental biases of selection and measurement, providing a clear conceptual outline, examples, and flow charts to support students as they master this tricky topic
    • Avoids complex mathematics, making the book accessible to those from a non-quantitative background
    • Online resources include additional questions, suggestions for further reading, links to useful websites and teaching slides
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    30th Oct 2017 by EbirimObinna

    This is a good book for the study of epidemiology. It is useful for acquiring new knowledge and recalling old knowledge during one’s academic pursuit or at work. The aspects of the book I find interesting are the example boxes and the questions with answers at the end of each chapter.

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    • Edition: 3rd Edition
    • Date Published: December 2016
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9781316685273
    • contains: 88 b/w illus. 66 tables
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    1. Epidemiology is …
    2. How long is a piece of string? Measuring disease frequency
    3. Who, what, where and when? Descriptive epidemiology
    4. Healthy research: study designs for public health
    5. Why? Linking exposure and disease
    6. Heads or tails: the role of chance
    7. All that glitters is not gold: the problem of error
    8. Muddied waters: the challenge of confounding
    9. Reading between the lines: reading and writing epidemiological papers
    10. Who sank the boat? Association and causation
    11. Assembling the building blocks: reviews and their uses
    12. Surveillance: collecting health-related data for epidemiological intelligence and public health action Martyn Kirk and Adrian Sleigh
    13. Outbreaks, epidemics and clusters Martyn Kirk and Adrian Sleigh
    14. Prevention: better than cure?
    15. Early detection: what benefits at what cost?
    16. Epidemiology and the public's health
    Answers to questions
    Appendix 1. Direct standardisation
    Appendix 2. Standard populations
    Appendix 3. Calculating risk and lifetime risk from routine data
    Appendix 4. Indirect standardisation
    Appendix 5. Calculating life expectancy from a life table
    Appendix 6. Why the odds ratio approximates the relative risk for a rare disease
    Appendix 7. Formulae for calculating confidence intervals for common epidemiological measures
    Appendix 8. The Mantel–Haenszel method for calculating pooled odds ratios

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    Penny Webb, Queensland Institute of Medical Research
    Penny Webb is a Principal Research Fellow at the QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute and Honorary Professor at the School of Public Health, University of Queensland.

    Chris Bain, Queensland Institute of Medical Research
    Chris Bain is a Visiting Scientist at the Queensland Institute of Medical Research.

    Andrew Page, University of Western Sydney
    Andrew Page is Professor of Epidemiology at the Centre for Health Research, School of Medicine, University of Western Sydney.


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