European Journal of Epidemiology

, Volume 27, Issue 10, pp 827–829 | Cite as

Kenneth J. Rothman: Epidemiology. An introduction

2nd Edition, Oxford University Press, 2012, ISBN 978-0-19-975455-7
  • Andreas Stang
Book Review

After his famous text book “Modern Epidemiology”, since 2008 available in its third edition [1], Kenneth J. Rothman [2] provides a second edition of his introductory level text book. To make a long story short—it is a high-level introductory book that presents multiple concepts of epidemiologic research. In the foreword of the book, Rothman clarifies a frequent misconception of epidemiology: “Some observers appear to believe that epidemiology is no more than the application of statistical methods to the problems of disease occurrence and causation. But epidemiology is much more than applied statistics. It is a scientific discipline with roots in biology, logic, and the philosophy of science.”

Rothman continues “The emphasis of the book is not on statistics, formulas, or computation but on epidemiologic principles and concepts”. The book contains 13 chapters and includes 268 pages. Compared to the first edition, two chapters entitled “Pioneers in Epidemiology and Public Health” and...


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    Rothman KJ, Greenland S, Lash TL. Modern epidemiology. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; 2008.Google Scholar
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    Rothman KJ. Epidemiology. An introduction. Oxford: Oxford University Press; 2012.Google Scholar
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    Rothman KJ. Modern epidemiology. Boston: Little, Brown and Company; 1986.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institut für Klinische Epidemiologie, Medizinische FakultätMartin-Luther-Universität Halle-WittenbergHalle (Saale)Germany

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