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August 28, 1996

Field Epidemiology

Author Affiliations

Medical College of Wisconsin Milwaukee Fishbein Fellow, JAMA Chicago, Ill


edited by Michael B. Gregg, 275 pp, $39.95, ISBN 0-19-507207-3, New York, NY, Oxford University Press, 1996.

JAMA. 1996;276(8):651-652. doi:10.1001/jama.1996.03540080073035

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For over 40 years, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has been training physicians and other health professionals in its Epidemic Intelligence Service training program. The emphasis of this program is on direct hands-on experience with urgent public health problems, rather than classes and coursework. Before such experiences, however, trainees receive brief courses in epidemiology, biostatistics, and public health practice. The chapters of this book are largely derived from the materials used by the CDC to instruct trainees in the methods of epidemiologic field investigations.

The content and style of the book strongly reflect this original context of introductory training. The coverage of topics is broad, practical, and informal, rather than rigorous or academic. There are not only the expected chapters, such as those on study design, description, analysis, and interpretation of epidemiologic data, but also chapters on presenting scientific findings, dealing with newspaper and television reporters during