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August 22, 1977

Viral Infections of Humans: Epidemiology and Control

Author Affiliations

Center for Disease Control Atlanta

JAMA. 1977;238(8):897. doi:10.1001/jama.1977.03280090061032

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Most textbooks about viral diseases are written from either a clinical or laboratory point of view. Dr Evans' book provides an epidemiologic perspective of the major viral infections of man, attempting to identify links in the chain of causation where interruption will lead to control of the disease process. Two introductory chapters by Dr Evans introduce epidemiologic concepts and review general epidemiologic and pathophysiological principles. Nineteen alphabetically arranged chapters follow this introduction, each discussing individual viruses or groups of viruses. Following these chapters on well defined viral diseases, the final four chapters discuss Burkitt's lymphoma, cervical cancer, chronic neurological diseases, and nasopharyngeal carcinoma.

The 34 coauthors collectively represent a substantial proportion of the experts active in viral diseases over the last few decades. The individual chapters are so highly structured that occasional paragraphs have subjects but scant content. Most of the space is given to epidemiologic aspects, with separate sections