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Ever since the publication of Stallybrass' book, which never went beyond the first edition, there has been a real need for a textbook on epidemiology. The present volume, written by two highly competent English authors, goes a long way toward filling this gap. Purporting to deal with the principles of epidemiology, it contains a clear and at times somewhat simplified exposition of fundamental concepts. Though dealing chiefly with the infectious diseases, adequate attention is given to the application of epidemiological principles to the study of noninfectious conditions, especially to the degenerative diseases. The book is a most welcome addition that should find a place in the libraries of workers in preventive medicine and public health. It is unfortunate, however, that the publishers have set the price so high.
Principles of Epidemiology. JAMA. 1957;165(2):197. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02980200077025