' ...Provides rich examples of epidemiologic studies that not only teach and engage the reader but also provide an appreciation for the history, successes, and pitfalls of epidemiologic studies' - "The Permanente Journal" on the Fourth Edition. Written for physicians, medical students, and other health care professionals, this concise, often-cited text explains epidemiologic concepts clearly and simply, illustrating them with clinically relevant case studies. It bridges the gap between clinicians and epidemiologists, showing the relationship between individual patients and the groups to which they belong, in epidemiologists' eyes.You'll also find examination of the relevance of epidemiology to the study of socially and politically important issues, such as changing health care systems and environmental hazards. This book relates epidemiology to clinical research and patient care. It provides review questions in every chapter and updates illustrative studies. It contains a new chapter on molecular and genetic epidemiology. It explains all major types of studies, including descriptive, analytic, cohort, case-control, and experimental. It contains lucid and highly praised explanations of the commonly used methods of multivariate analysis. It simplifies statistical interpretation. It covers the relationship between epidemiology, medical care, and the health of the community. It offers widely praised, practical guidance on "How to Carry Out a Study". It gives you a "Quick Review" chapter, summarizing the book.