Volume 19, Issue 5
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645


In view of the small numbers of existing textbooks in epidemiology, this book deserves attention, and is undoubtedly a contribution to the field. It is notable primarily for the wealth of examples presented from the area of infectious diseases, in which the knowledge and experience of the authors are clearly superior.

For beginning students in epidemiology, this textbook has the advantages of good organization and indexing, brevity and clarity of prose, meaningful chapter summaries, glossaries, and useful references. The chapters on the agent and host, as applied to living organisms and their ability to produce immunity in man, are scientifically sound and still sufficiently simple to be understood by students with minimal preparation in biological fields.

Epidemiologic principles and methods are presented with the infectious-disease model predominating to the extent that 79 of the 327 pages are devoted to the host-agent-environment concept of disease etiology. While recognizing the utility of this model for infectious diseases, it appears contrived and overly rigid to force chronic-disease epidemiology1 into this pattern.


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