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Epidemiology: An Introduction.
  1. S W Marshall
  1. Departments of Epidemiology and Orthopedics and Injury Prevention Research Center, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA;

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    K J Rothman. Oxford University Press, 2002, $US29.95, £19.95, pp 223. ISBN 0-19-513554-7.

    Making Sense of Data: A Self-Instruction Manual on the Interpretation of Epidemiological Data. 3rd Edition.

    J H Abramson, Z H Abramson. Oxford University Press, 2001, $US39.95, £27.50, Pp 367. ISBN 0-19-508969-3.

    The first edition of Ken Rothman’s Modern Epidemiology so indelibly stamped the future of epidemiology with his vision that the book’s initials—“ME”—spoke volumes.1 When Sander Greenland joined as co-editor for the second edition,2 the acronym “ME2” was immediately appropriate. Now comes “mini-ME”, an attempt to take the key messages of Modern Epidemiology and package them in readable format accessible to anyone who desires an introductory course in epidemiology.

    The good news is that the repackaging is a success. Rothman has succeeded in preserving the intellectual content of his vision while making it much more accessible than in his two previous volumes. …

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