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Epidemiology: A Very Short Introduction

Rodolfo Saracci

February 2010

ISBN: 9780199543335

160 pages
Paperback
174x111mm

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Very Short Introductions

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Epidemiology is the study of the changing patterns of disease. It is a vital field, central to the health of society, to the identification of causes of disease, and to their management and prevention. This Very Short Introduction dispels some of the myths relating to clinical trials, vaccination campaigns, and statistics concerning disease.

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Epidemiology is the study of the changing patterns of disease. It is a vital field, central to the health of society, to the identification of causes of disease, and to their management and prevention. This Very Short Introduction dispels some of the myths relating to clinical trials, vaccination campaigns, and statistics concerning disease.

  • 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

About the Author(s)

Rodolfo Saracci, Honorary Director of Research in Epidemiology at the Italian National Research Council at Pisa, Italy

Table of Contents

    1:What is epidemiology?
    2:Measuring health and disease
    3:Searching for the causes of diseases
    4:Establishing the causes of a disease
    5:Testing how to control a disease
    6:Following-up people's health
    7:Enquiring back into people's lives
    8:Mapping health and disease
    9:From epidemiology to medicine, prevention, and public health
    10:Epidemiology between ethics and politics

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