Oxford Textbook of Public Health, Volume 3, Investigative Methods in Public Health

edited by Walter W. Holland, Roger Detels, and George Knox. xvii + 498 pages, illustrated. Oxford University Press, Inc., 200 Madison Avenue, New York, New York 10016. 1985. $37.50

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This volume, subtitled Investigative Methods in Public Health, is fairly current (the most recent reference included is from 1983) and quite practical in orientation. It will be the most directly useful to the everyday practitioner of the public health art.

The four opening chapters discuss sources of information and means for their application to public health ends. They comprise an edifying review for those among us who have focused on the micro-level of investigation. They are followed by three sections which comprise the main message.

The five chapters on epidemiological techniques, five on social science studies and eight on field investigations provide the novice with an overview to whet his/her curiosity and provide the old pro with a useful reference, one which I wish had been available during my own days in the field.

The final section, “Research and Development of Health Promotion Services,” seems to be a series of topics arbitrarily joined together.

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