The new edition of this classic text continues its mission of describing the application of basic epidemiologic principles in real time, place, and person to solve problems of an urgent or emergency nature. Based on decades of experience in both infectious and noninfectious diseases at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, this book describes in clear and practical terms the distinct approach, tasks, and actions needed for successful field investigations. Guidance is given on such issues as how to perform surveillance, manage and execute field investigatins, collect and analyze data, perform surveys, adapt a personal computer for field use, and communicate the findings. Specific advice is also given on such subjects as dealing with the media; investigations in health care, day care, and international settings; and the legal aspects of field studies. An entire chapter covers the proper collection, handling, and testing of infectious and noninfectious agents in the field. This edition contains new chapters on environmental investigations and immunization practices for the field epidemiologist. The boko is based both on science and experience. It deals with real problems, real places, and real people: nature's experiment rather than carefully designed studies in a laboratory or clinical setting. So, in the lexicon of the epidemiologist, the book addresses issues relating to observational- not experimental- epidemiology.
This book is designed to serve as a guide and resource for epidemiologists working in the field, i.e., away from their usual work site, as they investigate unexpected health problems. Although there are many texts that present the concepts and principles of epidemiology, few address the practical, logistical, legal, and communications problems encountered in the real-life practice of this profession. "The book fills this important void and provides a balance of technical with practical issues through the contributions of experienced practitioners of epidemiology, most of whom are based at the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta. "This work is definitely targeted toward public health practitioners, although it will be a valuable resource for students as well. "Features of the book include ample graphs, charts, and tables illustrating the methods and principles of field epidemiology. The appearance, table of contents, and index are adequate, and the references are timely and appropriate. The book's outstanding feature is its practice orientation, which will be well received by those practicing and learning this mother science of public health. "This most useful and welcome addition to the public health literature adds to an increasing number of books that focus on the actual practice, as opposed to the theoretical basis, of public health. It would be well used in virtually any health sciences library.