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 john snow . In epidemiology kept simple burt gerstman has devised a text to match this diverse range of learning needs from the perspective of a postgraduate student of epidemiology he succeeds in covering the fundamental concepts principles and methods of classic and modern epidemiology these are illustrated by a blend of real life examples exercises and occasional humour such as the problem of how many epidemiologists it takes to change a light bulb the answer is six one to change . Epidemiology kept simple an introduction to classic and modern epidemiology b burt gerstmanwiley liss new york 1998 first edition gbp2595 pp301 isbn 0471 24029 x. Epidemiology kept simple an introduction to classic and modern epidemiology 1999 07 01 000000 epidemiology kept simple the context epidemiology the study of disease in populations has grown in status rapidly in the last few years there are a number of reasons for this including the rise of clinical epidemiology and evidence based practice and the increasing emphasis on community and population approaches in medical undergraduate curricula many health . Epidemiology kept simple presents the first accessible treatment of the subject for non epidemiologists it covers both the classical approach to studying a disease and the modern biostatistical approach giving the reader simple yet effective tools to interpret epidemiological data keep up with current disease concepts or prepare for board exams clear and concise throughout this book features a series of authoritative lectures arranged in a format that facilitates the indentification
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