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This presents the reflections of one of the world's most experienced epidemiologists, and that, if for no other reason, would make the book noteworthy; there are however, several other reasons for its usefulness. It is to be stated at the beginning that the book is not a textbook nor is it a "handbuch": it is a purely personal survey and digest. As such the book is distinctly stimulating and definitely provocative. It had its inception in the effort of a mind crammed with direct experience to evaluate that which is of value in the recent literature. It is this personal experience that is possibly reflected in the rejection of some very modern concepts, but such rejection is never arbitrary but always backed by a very elaborate marshaling of the evidence. The book is divided into approximately two equal parts, the first theoretical, while the second is concerned with the more
Epidemiologie: Grundbegriffe und Ergebnisse. JAMA. 1938;110(1):70. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.02790010072025