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Book and Media Reviews
January 25, 2006

Clinical Epidemiology

Author Affiliations

Book and Media Reviews Section Editor: Harriet S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA.

JAMA. 2006;295(4):446. doi:10.1001/jama.295.4.446-a

The first two editions of Clinical Epidemiology (1985 and 1991) had the subtitle A Basic Science for Clinical Medicine. The third edition is subtitled How To Do Clinical Practice Research, and the chapter headings and content sequence reflect this change.

Like the first two editions, this one is entertaining as well as instructive; readers readily sense the authors' enthusiasm for their topic. However, the shift in emphasis from using clinical epidemiology methods to assess and support the practice of medicine to using the methods to conduct research will change the potential readership. Many readers drawn to the first two editions (physicians in training and in practice; individuals involved in health care evaluations) will not be compelled to read sections entitled “Performing Clinical Research” and “Becoming a Clinical Researcher.” The potential audience for these sections is likely to be smaller and will need to consult other texts that provide more detailed coverage of topics with which clinical researchers should be familiar. The text is a good introductory book for junior clinical faculty with strong epidemiology skills who want to be active members, possibly even principal investigator, in clinical research.

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