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Books, Journals, New Media
October 13, 2004

Public Health

Author Affiliations

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.

JAMA. 2004;292(14):1754-1760. doi:10.1001/jama.292.14.1758

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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