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Published: 25 February 2010

160 Pages | 15 black and white halftones


ISBN: 9780199543335

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Epidemiology: A Very Short Introduction

Rodolfo Saracci

Very Short Introductions

  • Explains what epidemiology is and how vital it is to the discovery, control, and prevention of disease in world populations
  • Looks at some of the health hazards identified by the study of epidemiology - such as the relationship between tobacco smoking and lung cancer, between various aspects of diet, environment, and exercise, and the origin and spread of new epidemics
  • Explores the principles behind setting up clinical trials and explains the nature of the basic statistics concerning disease
  • Considers the ethical and political issues related to obtaining and using information concerning patients and trials involving placebos

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