Oxford textbook of public health (4th Edition)

Oxford textbook of public health (4th Edition)

ARTICLE IN PRESS Book reviews / Social Science & Medicine 57 (2003) 1525–1527 the lessons learned include extending the definition of responsible rese...

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ARTICLE IN PRESS Book reviews / Social Science & Medicine 57 (2003) 1525–1527

the lessons learned include extending the definition of responsible research to include ‘‘rapid reporting’’ of results of trials in various venues, not only in research journals, that reach all segments of the population.

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Electra D. Paskett Comprehensive Cancer Center, The Ohio State University, Starling Loving Hall, 320 W 10th Avenue, Columbus, OH 43210 1240, USA E-mail address: [email protected]

doi:10.1016/S0277-9536(02)00537-3

Oxford textbook of public health (4th Edition) R. Detels, J. McEwen, R. Beaglehole and H. Tanaka. Oxford University Press, New York, 2002 The fourth edition of the Oxford Textbook of Public Health is an excellent reference presenting the field of public health in three well-organized volumes. Volume One, ‘‘The scope of Public Health,’’ presents the development, determinants, policies, and law and ethics of public health as they pertain to developed countries, countries in transition to becoming developed, and developing countries. Volume Two, ‘‘The Methods of Public Health,’’ presents methods utilized in the identification, development and implementation of public health programs and interventions. Included in this volume are information systems, epidemiological and biostatistical approaches, social science techniques, and environmental and occupational sciences. Volume Three, ‘‘The practice of Public Health,’’ presents major public health problems, prevention and control of health doi:10.1016/S0277-9536(02)00538-5

hazards including tobacco and crime, interventions for special populations, e.g., the disabled and refugees, in additions to the functions of public health. This last volume includes a chapter in bioterrorism by Frank Sorvello, James R. Greenwood, and Roger Detels. Changes in this edition from the previous one also include more comparisons of social scientific aspects of health in developing countries. All volumes provide excellent tables and figures. These comprehensive reference volumes are an excellent source for information for the practitioner as well as those in academe and should be a part of every resource library for any organization involved in health and the social sciences. Rita DiGiocchino DeBate Department of Health Behavior and Administration, College of Health and Human Services, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Charlotte, NC 28223, USA E-mail address: [email protected]