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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 40  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 286

An evolving common language in epidemiology

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Date of Web Publication3-Sep-2015

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Chandrakant Lahariya
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Lahariya C. An evolving common language in epidemiology. Indian J Community Med 2015;40:286

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Lahariya C. An evolving common language in epidemiology. Indian J Community Med [serial online] 2015 [cited 2022 Jul 1];40:286. Available from: https://www.ijcm.org.in/text.asp?2015/40/4/286/164409

Name of the book: A dictionary of epidemiology

Publisher Name: Oxford University Press

Location: Oxford, United Kingdom

Price: Not mentioned

Year of Publication: 2014

Editor: Miquel Porta

Pages: 376

ISBN: 9780199976737 (paperback), 9780199976720 (Hardcover)

A new edition of the Dictionary of Epidemiology, an official publication of International Epidemiological Association (IEA) has been released in 2014. This sixth edition, since first publication in 1983, comes with substantive and methodological changes including many noticeable revisions and improvements. The editors claim to have done the most extensive revision in all the six editions so far and according to them, the core terms have now been better defined to reflect current standards. This new edition has contributions from nearly 400 individuals from different parts of the world.

I reviewed the content of the new editions from many perspectives- of a graduate student in medicine and social sciences, a post graduate student in epidemiology, an academician, a health policy maker and program manager and from a general reader's perspective (or someone not regularly reading about epidemiological aspects). The dictionary could be immensely useful for each one of these readers. The content is succinct but informative enough and written in simple language to interest a graduate student. The definitions have been explained and often referenced to help the academic reader. The policy makers are often inundated by researchers and epidemiologists with technical terms and the dictionary can help them in making sense of what they mean. The general readers often come across many epidemiology terms and this would be a good asset for them to look up and understand those aspects.

In this edition of the Dictionary, edited by Dr Miquel Porta for the second time, the definition of epidemiology has been revised and updated, which indicates that epidemiology is continuously evolving and trying to keep up with the changing times. The dictionary works as right platform to give a common global language to all epidemiologists and with every edition, this language appears to be getting stronger.

This new and sixth edition of dictionary would be useful addition to the personal library of all those who are working in the area of epidemiology (not restricted to core epidemiologist) and is a must for the students of epidemiology and public health. Though, the cost of the print copy of dictionary for some readers in Low and middle income countries is apparently too high, the electronic only access of dictionary is available for purchase for a lower price. This edition of the dictionary is well placed to contribute to the advancement of epidemiology in every which way. Go and grab your copy, it would be worth.


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