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Best books on epidemiology: a personal choice

BMJ 1994; 309 doi: (Published 01 October 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;309:887
  1. S Wessely

    Books for undergraduates

    ***Epidemiology for the Uninitiated. 3rd edn. D Coggan, G Rose, D Barker. (£6.95.) BMJ, 1993. ISBN 0-7279-0770-0.

    ***Epidemiology in Medical Practice. 4th edn. D Barker, G Rose. (pounds sterling10.50.) Churchill Livingstone, 1990. ISBN 0-443-03783.

    “Epidemiology is the study of how often diseases occur in different groups of people and why. Epidemiological information is used to plan and evaluate strategies to prevent illness and as a guide to the management of patients in whom disease has already developed.” This succinct introduction for Epidemiology for the Uninitiated outlines both the scope and appeal of epidemiology, and also illustrates why that particular paperback is a firm favourite among texts designed for the epidemiologically illiterate. The authors also write that “our only assumption is that readers already believe that epidemiological questions are worth answering.” Sadly it is those who do not share this belief who should be forced to read the book, or its only slightly bigger brother from the same thoroughbred stable.

    Books for specialists

    ***Statistical Models in Epidemiology. D Clayton, M Hills. (pounds sterling30.) Oxford University …

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