Magazine article The Nation's Health

Updated Book Reflects Advances in Infectious Disease Epidemiology

Magazine article The Nation's Health

Updated Book Reflects Advances in Infectious Disease Epidemiology

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ONLY FIVE years have passed since the last time editors updated "Infectious Disease Epidemiology," but so much has happened in that time that a new edition has become necessary.

Today, there is talk of ending the HIV epidemic, and studies of many new prevention trials have been published in recent years. Problems with antibiotic-resistant bacteria are growing and new infections have been recognized.

"Infectious Disease Epidemiology," edited by APHA member Kenrad Nelson, MD, professor of epidemiology at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Carolyn Masters Williams, PhD, MPH, chief of the epidemiology branch at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, seeks to chronicle all of those issues and more in a for-mat intended for both students and public health professionals. At more than 900 pages, the book is large, but Nelson said one of his goals was to make it readable by providing specifics about various diseases and how they manifest.

"You have to interest people," he told The Nation's Health. "One of the issues in this field is that some of the books are books of formulas ... That's interesting to people who focus on that, but for a book like this it's better to have some specifics."

Nelson said the book, which is co-published by APHA Press and Jones & Bartlett Learning, will be useful to schools of public health and schools of medicine that teach epidemiology of infectious diseases or infectious disease prevention.

"Instead of just being a general book, it has a lot of specifics and specific examples," he said. "Students don't have to go through chapter by chapter. …

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