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Epidemiologic Methods: Studying the Occurrence of Illness

Thomas D. Koepsell and Noel S. Weiss

Abstract

Epidemiology seeks to describe and to understand patterns of disease occurrence in human populations. This book is an expanded introduction to the concepts and tools of epidemiologic research. The book offers clear descriptions of key concepts and is rich with examples illustrating how these concepts are applied. Some examples are drawn from classic studies in the field—the work of Snow, Semmelweis, Goldberger, Doll and Hill, and others—while many other examples concern modern-day epidemiologic studies on problems of current public health importance. Most chapters include exercises (with answe ... More

Keywords: epidemiology, epidemiologic methods, disease frequency, populations, study designs, randomized trials, case-control studies, cohort studies, causal inference

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780195150780
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195150780.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Thomas D. Koepsell, author
University of Washington, USA

Noel S. Weiss, author
University of Washington, USA