epidemiology, field of medicine concerned with the study of epidemics, outbreaks of disease that affect large numbers of people. Epidemiologists, using sophisticated statistical analyses, field investigations, and complex laboratory techniques, investigate the cause of a disease, its distribution (geographic, ecological, and ethnic), method of spread, and measures for control and prevention. Epidemiological investigations once concentrated on such communicable diseases as tuberculosis, influenza, and cholera, but now also encompass cancer, heart disease, and other diseases affecting large numbers of people.

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Epidemiology: Selected full-text books and articles

Epidemiology: An Introduction By Graham Moon; Myles Gould; Tim Brown; Craig Duncan; Paul Iggulden; Kelvyn Jones; Andrea Litva; Sv Subramanian; Liz Twigg Open University Press, 2000
Introduction to Epidemiology By Lucianne Bailey; Katerina Vardulaki; Julia Langham; Daniel Chandramohan Open University Press, 2005
The Changing Face of Disease: Implications for Society By Nick Mascie-Taylor; Jean Peters; Stephen T. McGarvey Routledge, 2004
Geographic Information Systems: Their Use in Environmental Epidemiological Research By Vine, Marilyn F.; Degnan, Darrah; Hanchette, Carol Journal of Environmental Health, Vol. 61, No. 3, October 1998
Risky Sexual Behaviors among African-Americans By Ernest H. Johnson Praeger Publishers, 1993
Librarian's tip: "Epidemiology of AIDS" begins on p. 7
Adult Mortality in Latin America By Ian M. Timæus; Juan Chackiel; Lado Ruzicka Clarendon Press, 1996
Librarian's tip: Chap. 7 "The Epidemiological Transition in Latin America"
Prospective Community Studies in Developing Countries By Monica Das Gupta; Peter Aaby; Michel Garenne; Gilles Pison University of Oxford, 1997
Librarian's tip: Includes discussion of epidemiology in multiple chapters
Behavioral Medicine Approaches to Cardiovascular Disease Prevention By Kristina Orth-Gomér; Neil Schneiderman Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 1996
Librarian's tip: Part II "Behavioral Epidemiology and Public Health in Cardiovascular Disease Prevention"
Alcohol and Illness: The Epidemiological Viewpoint By John C. Duffy Edinburgh University Press, 1992
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