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The Development of Modern Epidemiology: Personal reports from those who were there

Walter W. Holland, Jørn Olsen, and Charles du V. Florey


This book marks the 50th anniversary of the foundation of the International Epidemiological Association (IEA). It is a compendium by the world's leading epidemiologists of how the field has developed, and how it can be (and has been) applied to the control of common conditions and threats to public health. Five distinct sections detail through the wealth of material. The first section gives an historical account of the concepts and ideas, and current importance of epidemiology to global health issues and to organisations such as the WHO. The second section illustrates the advances and contribu ... More

Keywords: epidemiology, International Epidemiological Association, public health, WHO, disease control, social epidemiology, clinical epidemiology, statistics, health services

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780198569541
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198569541.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Walter W. Holland, editor
Emeritus Professor of Public Health Medicine and Visiting Professor, London School of Economics and Political Science, University of London, UK

Jørn Olsen, editor
President of the International Epidemiological Association; Professor and Chair, Dept of Epidemiology, School of Public Health, UCLA, Los Angeles, USA

Charles du V. Florey, editor
Emeritus Professor of Epidemiology & Public Health, University of Dundee, UK

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Section 1 History and setting the scene

1 Introduction

Walter W. Holland, Charles Florey, and Jørn Olsen

Section 2 Specific disease areas of concern

8 Chronic respiratory disease epidemiology

Frank E. Speizer and Ira B. Tager

10 Perinatal epidemiology

Claude Rumeau-Rouquette and Gérard Bréart

11 Epidemiology in war and disasters

Haroutune K. Armenian

13 Tuberculosis

George W. Comstock

14 Malaria

Richard H. Morrow and William J. Moss

Section 3 Applications and role of epidemiology in related domains

15 Public health and epidemiology

Lester Breslow and Roger Detels

17 Occupational epidemiology

Malcolm Harrington and Tom Sorahan

18 Social epidemiology

Mervyn Susser and Landon Myer

19 Nutritional epidemiology

Basil S. Hetzel

Section 4 Methodology

20 Theoretical developments

Olli S. Miettinen

21 Outbreak investigations

Kenrad E. Nelson

Section 5 Regions and countries

24 Epidemiological methods: a view from the Americas

Eduardo L. Franco, Salaheddin M. Mahmud, and Andrew G. Dean

25 Epidemiology as a common European endeavour

Jørn Olsen and Rodolfo Saracci

32 Health transitions in Mexico and Central America: implications for health policy

Julio Frenk, Rafael Lozano, and Octavio Gómez-Dantes

33 The development of epidemiology: the United States of America

Warren Winkelstein Jr and Elizabeth Barrett-Connor

34 Poland

Wieslaw Magdzik

36 History of modern epidemiology: Italy

Rodolfo Saracci, Benedetto Terracini, and Franco Merletti