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June 22, 1970

Epidemiology: Man and Disease

Author Affiliations

Temple University Philadelphia

JAMA. 1970;212(12):2125. doi:10.1001/jama.1970.03170250079031

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Beginning with the development of epidemiology and ending with the daily routine of an epidemiologist, this book reveals the broad scope of man and disease in readable fashion. Its authors are a physician (Fox) and nurse (Hall) at the University of Washington in Seattle, and a biostatistician (Elveback) at the University of Minnesota in Rochester. An elementary text, it will be welcome to physicians in practice as well as many other health workers.

Principles and methods of epidemiology are covered in 13 chapters, illuminating the causation of disease and its study by scientific means. Chapters one through six are devoted to exposition of principles; the remaining chapters pertain largely to description of methods. Vital statistics—encompassing census, registration, and notification data—are discussed as they relate to epidemiology. Common errors in study design and interpretation of results, techniques of sampling, and the role of statistics in the evaluation of evidence are reviewed.