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Statistical handbook on infectious diseases
Watstein, Sarah.
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Publication Information:
Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 2003.
Physical Description:
xxiii, 321 pages : illustrations, maps ; 29 cm
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"An Oryx book."
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RA643 .W33 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Reference
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This statistical handbook is designed to offer students, researchers, practitioners, and the general adult population a comprehensive statistical overview of the status of infectious disease worldwide. The availability of this information has increased dramatically on the Internet, yet the data are often too extensive, hard to find, or difficult to interpret. A carefully selected array of tables and charts present authoritative statistical information, placing valuable statistics into context with introductory text.

Detailed source information in each table, figure, and chart allows the user to pursue further information and uncover the stories behind the numbers. The book concludes with a glossary of key terms, bibliography, guide to information sources available on the Internet, and a detailed index.

Author Notes

SARAH B. WATSTEIN is Director for Academic User Services and Head of the James Branch Cabell Library at Virginia Commonwealth University. She is the author of AIDS and Women: A Sourcebook (Oryx, 1990).

JOHN JOVANOVIC works for the government documents division of the James Branch Cabell Library, specializing in the identification and use of statistical sources.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Here is a volume that successfully pulls together information from print and Web-based sources. The information was gathered from federal and international government agencies as well as nongovernment experts, with complete referencing to the original source. Many of the diseases featured are current topics of news and discussion. Eleven chapters cover topics such as Nationally Notifiable Diseases (the 58 infectious diseases designated as nationally notifiable in 1999), Waterborne Diseases, and Bioterrorism. Most of each chapter consists of tables, ranging in number from 8 for Malaria to 47 for Sexually Transmitted Disease. These are accompanied by background discussion of the topic, followed by an overview of the tables themselves. Symptoms, pathologies, diagnosis, and treatment are discussed when appropriate. Types of data expressed in the tables includes U.S. tuberculosis cases by occupation in 1999, numbers of pediatric AIDS cases in the U.S. through 2000, and total numbers of cholera cases and deaths in Europe 1990-1998. Most information is current as of 2000 or later, and URLs are listed for Web identification of data. A chapter-by-chapter list of tables, a list of World Health Organization regions, a glossary, and a bibliography divided by subject enhance an already effective volume. Recommended for the academic and public library, this handbook will complement any collection on diseases and current medical concerns. -- RBB Copyright 2003 Booklist

Choice Review

With this year's abrupt and deadly appearance of SARS, the potential summer resurgence of West Nile Virus, and the continuing risk of bioterrorism, infectious diseases take center stage. Turkington and Ashby's second edition, a timely update for students and general readers, is similar to Neeraja Sankaran's Microbes and People: An A-Z of Microorganisms in Our Lives (CH, Jul'01) and Felissa Lashley and Jerry Durham's Emerging Infectious Diseases: Trends and Issues (CH, Nov'02), but it is not a comprehensive resource on infectious diseases like the classic reference for health-care professionals, 2000 Red Book: Report of the Committee on Infectious Diseases, by the Committee on Infectious Diseases of the American Academy of Pediatrics (25th ed., 2000).Librarians Watstein and Jovanovic's complementary Statistical Handbook on Infectious Diseases is an excellent reference source for statistical data about infectious diseases. For each disease, its entries include a narrative overview; discussion of transmission, treatment, and surveillance; and tables and charts of incidence or occurrence for various years. Tables and charts are reproduced primarily from reliable sources (e.g., Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; World Health Organization) from the most recent year available, usually 1999. This work conveniently collocates data in one handy volume and is clearly written and well referenced. This statistical goldmine for students of health and medicine has few rivals. A valuable and unique resource. ^BSumming Up: Both--highly recommended. All public, community college, and university libraries. L. M. McMain Sam Houston State University