ISBN Epidemiology: A Very Short Introduction 160 pages English

by Saracci, Rodolfo (Honorary Director of Research in Epidemiology at the Italian National Research Council at Pisa, Italy)
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Saracci, Rodolfo (Honorary Director of Research in Epidemiology at the Italian National Research Council at Pisa, Italy) ISBN Epidemiology: A Very Short Introduction 160 pages English
Saracci, Rodolfo (Honorary Director of Research in Epidemiology at the Italian National Research Council at Pisa, Italy) - ISBN Epidemiology: A Very Short Introduction 160 pages English

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What is epidemiology? What are the causes of a new disease? How can pandemics be prevented? Epidemiology is the study of the changing patterns of disease and its main aim is to improve the health of populations. It's a vital field central to the health of society to the identification of causes of disease and to their management and prevention. Epidemiology has had an impact on many areas of medicine; from discovering the relationship between tobacco smoking and lung cancer to the origin and spread of new epidemics. However it is often poorly understood largely due to misrepresentations in the media. In this Very Short Introduction Rodolfo Saracci dispels some of the myths surrounding the study of epidemiology. He provides a general explanation of the principles behind clinical trials and explains the nature of basic statistics concerning disease. He also looks at the ethical and political issues related to obtaining and using information concerning patients and trials involving placebos. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts analysis perspective new ideas and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

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Author:
Saracci, Rodolfo (Honorary Director of Research in Epidemiology at the Italian National Research Council at Pisa, Italy)

Further information

Illustrations Note:
15 black and white halftones
Media Type:
Softcover
Language:
English
Number of Pages:
160

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Product Type:
Paperback book
Release date:
25 February 2010
Package Dimensions:
0.172 x 0.11 x 0.014 m; 0.141 kg
GTIN:
09780199543335
DUIN:
1OK0I15FKQB
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