Epidemiology in Health Care Planning

edited by G. Knox. ix + 198 pages. Oxford University Press, 200 Madison Avenue, New York, N.Y. 10016. 1979. $11.95 (paperback)

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  • Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, New Orleans, Louisiana 70112

It is at the risk of being trite to observe that health is very much an interdisciplinary enterprise and nowhere moreso than in health care planning. It is however one thing to call an enterprise interdisciplinary and quite another to achieve it. In the present volume the authors have attempted to construct a paradigm that will facilitate and promote communication between the actors who usually comprise the health care planning team.

One of the dangers of writing a book by committee is that the result will be to literature what the Duckbilled Platypus is to the animal kingdom. Happily the present volume turns out to be a surprisingly smooth, well integrated, and non-repetitious little volume for a team of 27 authors from 15 countries. The principal editors, sponsored by the International Epidemiological Association and the World Health Organization, have done a yeoman, successful, and altogether useful job in selecting, editing, and puting together this handbook from what must have been a mountain of material.

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