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Veterinary Clinical Epidemiology - Ronald D. Smith

Veterinary Clinical Epidemiology


Published: 7th September 2005
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Veterinary Clinical Epidemiology, Third Edition serves as both a teaching resource and a reference on the application of epidemiologic methods in veterinary clinical research. The new edition of this successful book continues its focus on observations of naturally or spontaneously occurring diseases. This well-illustrated text includes discussion of applications of epidemiology in medical decision making at the individual and herd levels, details the relevance of epidemiology to companion animal, food animal, and population medicine, and describes applications of molecular diagnostic tools and advanced statistical techniques. It includes many case studies and examples from veterinary literature.

"Smith has put together a 259 page book titled to imply a study of epidemiology, but also addresses biostatistics and the inevitable merging of these two disciplines. The book is a nice combination of these disciplines and is written in easy to understand language for those being introduced to the study. Reader beware; however, this is a theoretical textbook of the study of epidemiology (and to a degree biostatistics) as it applies to veterinary medicine and will not be useful to veterinary technicians or veterinary practitioners not studying or engaged within veterinary research. For this reason, the reviewer feels that the book, while well written, has limited value to veterinary technology students, practicing veterinary technicians or clinical veterinary practitioners and therefore garners a three out of five star rating." - Oreta M. Samples, DHSc, MPH, RVT, The VIN Book Reviews

Introductionp. 1
Defining the limits of normalityp. 13
Evaluation of diagnostic testsp. 33
Use of diagnostic testsp. 53
Measuring the commonness of diseasep. 71
Risk assessment and preventionp. 91
Measuring and communicating prognosesp. 111
Design and evaluation of clinical trialsp. 127
Statistical significancep. 137
Medical ecology and outbreak investigationp. 163
Measuring and expressing occurrencep. 169
Establishing causep. 183
Source and transmission of disease agentsp. 197
The cost of diseasep. 217
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ISBN: 9780849315664
ISBN-10: 0849315662
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 280
Published: 7th September 2005
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 25.4 x 17.8  x 2.08
Weight (kg): 0.68
Edition Number: 3
Edition Type: New edition