Epidemiology Evidence-Based Medicine and Public Health Lecture Notes 6th Edition PDF

Epidemiology Evidence-Based Medicine and Public Health Lecture Notes



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Preface

It was both an honour and a challenge to take on the revision of a ‘classic’ textbook such as Lecture Notes in Epidemiology and Public Health Medicine already in its fifth edition (originally written by Richard Farmer and David Miller, the latter author being subsequently replaced by Ross Lawrenson). Much has changed in the field of epidemiology, public health and the scientific world in general since the first edition was published almost 35 years ago. When the current editors sat down to plan this new sixth edition, we felt there was now a need to restructure the book overall rather than updating the existing chapters. In the intervening period, we have seen the rise of new paradigms (conceptual ideas) such as life course and genetic epidemiology and the advance of evidence-based medicine. The latter was first covered in the fifth edition by a single chapter. We felt the need to rebalance the various topics so this new edition has now got three main subsections: Epidemiology, Evidence Based Medicine (EBM) and Public Health. Whilst much of the epidemiology section will appear familiar from the previous edition, we have added a new chapter on genetic epidemiology and there is a whole chapter on causality as this is so fundamental to epidemiological research and remains an issue with conventional observational epidemiology. The new section on EBM is very different with separate chapters on diagnosis, prognosis, effectiveness, systematic reviews and health economics. The Public Health section is less focussed on the National Health Service and we now have a new chapter on global health; a major topic given the challenges of ‘climate change’ and the interrelated globalised world that we all now live in. We have also included a new chapter specifically on the difficult task of evaluating public health interventions, which presents unique challenges not found with more straightforward clinical trials. Inevitably, we have had to drop some topics but we believe that overall the new chapters better reflect the learning needs of contemporary students in the twenty-first century. We hope we have remained faithful to the original aims of this book and the previous authors would be proud of this latest edition.


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