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The Epidemiological Imagination : UK Higher Education OUP Humanities & Social Sciences Health & Social Welfare - John Ashton

The Epidemiological Imagination

UK Higher Education OUP Humanities & Social Sciences Health & Social Welfare

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Published: 1st September 1994
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Public health is once again in the spotlight after several decades of being eclipsed by high tech, individually-oriented medical science. The reasons for this are not hard to find - the ever escalating costs of medical care, growing disillusionment with the return on investment, particularly for the poorer sections of the community, and a growing recognition of the importance of health promotion and preventative strategies which focus on the environmental and behavioural determinants of health and disease. At the heart of the public health perspective is an emphasis on understanding whole populations through the application of epidemiological analysis. This reader addresses the need to make available some of the classics of epidemiology to the new generations of students who are now trained in public-health, and to share with them the excitement of the epidemiological method. There is a wealth of experience in our collective public-health past and as we shape the new public health there is a danger of ignoring lessons from the old. By drawing on the choices of leading contemporary epidemiologists in selecting published papers both old and new, this volume aims to make the classics accessible to teachers and students alike.

"This book has been designed to introduce interested readers to epidemiological thinking in a unique and highly effective manner...This work is one of the most interesting and stimulating presentations of the complexity, richness and breadth of this very important, yet little understood, health-related science." - Choice Magazine "This Open University reader...is a joy for anyone with the slightest interest in public health or a liking for good detective stories...If you think that epidemiology is boring and has no relevance to clinical practice, buy this book. It will change your mind." - Family Practice "This idea behind this excellent book is to enhance the teaching of epidemiology, both for teachers and for students, through past-published examples of creative andimaginative epidemiological work...In all, it is a remarkable book and one which deserves attention from epidemiologists at all stages of their careers, however they seek to give expression to their own capacities for epidemiological imagination." - International Journal of Epidemiology "This brilliantly conceived text draws on the accumulated wisdom of a number of leading contemporary epidemiologists who each select and introduce a pair of papers one new and one old." - Institute of Health Education Recommended Paperbacks

Preface
Acknowledgements
John Snow, the Broad Street pump and afterp. 2
The commoner diseasesp. 6
Mortality from lung cancer in asbestos workersp. 13
Nasal cancer in the furniture and boot and shoe manufacturing industriesp. 20
Weight in infancy and death from ischaemic heart diseasep. 35
Studies on infant mortalityp. 39
Results of case-control study of leukaemia and lymphoma among young people near Sellafield nuclear plant in West Cumbriap. 66
Tumours of the Urinary Bladder in Workmen Engaged in the Manufacture and Use of Certain Dyestuff Intermediates in the British Chemical Industriesp. 78
The reduction of observer variability in the measurement of blood pressurep. 94
Air pollution and other local factors in respiratory diseasep. 100
Uses of epidemiologyp. 111
The iceberg: 'Completing the clinical picture' in general practicep. 120
Congenital cataract following German measles in the motherp. 126
Respiratory function of infants in relation to subsequent respiratory disease: an epidemiological studyp. 133
Small-area variations in the use of common surgical procedures; an international comparison of New England, England and Norwayp. 138
Health service 'input' and mortality 'output' in developed countriesp. 143
Food health and incomep. 151
Exercise versus heart attack: history of a hypothesisp. 157
Infant and child mortalityp. 166
Endemic cretinism of recent onset in New Guineap. 176
Occupational toxic factor in mortality from coronary heart diseasep. 181
Effects of intervention on the cardiovascular mortality of workers exposed to carbon disulphide: a 15 year follow upp. 187
Nutrition and mental performancep. 192
The effect of wartime starvation in Holland upon pregnancy and its productsp. 199
Indexp. 205
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ISBN: 9780335191000
ISBN-10: 0335191002
Series: UK Higher Education OUP Humanities & Social Sciences Health & Social Welfare
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 1st September 1994
Publisher: Open University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.8 x 19.1  x 1.3