PDQ Epidemiology, 3rd edition

ISBN: 978-1-60795-022-6




November 2009
208 pages (Est.), 40 charts and illustrations (Est.), 2 color,
Softcover, 8 ½” x 5” 
ISBN 978-1-60795-022-6
US $41.95
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See Book Review at the bottom of this page
David L. Streiner, PhD
Senior Scientist
Kunin-Lunenfeld Applied Research Unit
Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care
Professor, Department of Psychiatry
University of Toronto
Toronto, Ontario

Geoffrey R. Norman, PhD
Canada Research Chair in Cognitive Dimensions of Clinical Expertise
Professor of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Assistant Dean, Programme for Educational Research and Development
McMaster University
Hamilton, Ontario


PDQ Epidemiology will help to fill the considerable gap between the exact findings of the laboratory and the uncertain world of clinical medicine. By translating the terminology of epidemiology into easy-to-understand language, the underlying scientific methods begin to emerge and make sense. The third edition reflects the maturation of the field, which now encompasses much more than the “randomized, controlled trial.” New sections explain techniques that have been introduced into the field since the previous edition, the section on RCT has been expanded, and updated examples have been incorporated. The section on measurement has also been brought into line with newer thinking on reliability and validity.

Featuring unique examples titled Circular Reasoning and Anti-intellectual

Pomposity Detectors  (CRAP Detectors), the text helps the reader identify

studies with basic flaws in design or reasoning.


  • Complete coverage of all important concepts
  • Easy-to-read, easy-to-grasp terms and concepts
  • Perfect for board review



James C. Torner, MS, PhD(University of Iowa College of Public Health)

This quick overview provides a description of epidemiology as a field and its history, its basics, and its application in research.

The authors aim to translate the field of epidemiology, its concepts, and methods to clinicians. For those who take a formal course, this book provides an open door. The authors also try to put epidemiology in context using examples and humor. Making epidemiology approachable is essential for the understanding and producing of evidence for medicine.

The book targets clinicians and healthcare practitioners. Others who may not have the time to understand epidemiology, perhaps journalists and administrators, might find this book useful. The authors provide insight into clinical measurement and epidemiology.

The foundation of epidemiology begins the book, and chapter 2 discusses classical epidemiology. It then progresses to research methodology, upon which most analytical epidemiology is based. The fourth chapter on measurement is the best, providing a description of epidemiologic measures and their foundation.
The remaining chapters provide the context in which methods and measurement apply. Unique are the authors' humorous interjections and the CRAP detector segments.

The strength of this book lies in its accessible length, content, and scope. It opens the door and invites further reading on epidemiology methods and applications. The updates make this edition current, but it probably won't replace earlier versions on the shelf.


Weighted Numerical Score: 77 - 3 Stars