Volume 27, Issue 1
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645


Translated from German, this book begins with an explanation of epidemiology and mass outbreaks of disease. Next in an excellent chapter on the historical importance and implications of such outbreaks. The remainder of the book is largely devoted to a discussion of the basic process of initiating disease outbreaks: the reservoir of the agent, transmission and susceptibility. These are amply illustrated by examples of specific infectious agents. The general tenor of the book emphasizes infectious diseases more than general epidemiology. Very little mention is made of noninfectious diseases, and there is no material on epidemiologic methods. Legends on illustrations are placed in unusual positions.

The apparently overly literal translation has resulted in the occasional use of unusual terms, such as “aerogenic” for airborne transmission. While these are mostly clear in the context in which they are used, they proved somewhat disconcerting to this reviewer.


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