Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor:
Harriet S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA;
David H. Morse, MS, University of Southern California, Norris Medical Library,
Journal Review Editor.
The fourth edition of the Oxford Textbook of Public
Health is a substantial volume and a significant contribution to the
field. The textbook is a reference of exceptional depth and breadth and is
well targeted to public health practitioners and postgraduate scholars in
public health and related areas, such as clinical epidemiology.
The present work is the paperback rendition of the hardcover version
of the fourth edition published in 2002 and carries on the fine tradition
of previous editions published since 1984. The fourth edition updates existing
material and introduces or expands on current issues, most notably bioterrorism,
genetics, refugees and displaced persons, and emerging infectious diseases.
The reprint of content from the 2002 three-volume hardcover version into this
one-volume 2004 paperback version is most noticeable in the absence of indexed
discussion on breaking emerging infectious disease issues of the past few
years, including severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and more recent
outbreaks of avian influenza.
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