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Epidemiology Kept Simple: An Introduction to Classic and Modern Epidemiology

BMJ 1999; 318 doi: (Published 13 February 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;318:470
  1. David Batty, doctoral student
  1. Exercise and Health Research Unit, University of Bristol

    B Burt Gerstman

    Wiley-Liss, £25.95, pp299

    ISBN 047124029X

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    Epidemiology is an eclectic discipline comprising facets of sociology, statistics, medicine, and demography. Although its development may be traced back to the scientific revolution of the 1600s, it was not until the 19th century that it was recognised as a subject area in its own right. Knowledge of the occurrence, aetiology, and subsequent control of communicable diseases such as typhoid fever, smallpox, and cholera stemmed from early epidemiological studies. Indeed, …

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