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The Community as an Epidemiologic Laboratory: A Casebook of Community Studies.

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Edited by Kessler Irving I.. , M.D., and Levin Morton L.. , M.D. 325 pages. The Johns Hopkins Press; , Baltimore and London: , 1970.. Price, $10.00.

Ann Intern Med. 1970;73(6):1052-1053. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-73-6-1052_3
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Drs. Kessler and Levin have produced what is, in essence, the proceedings of a series of seminars held at the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health, at which individual investigators discussed the background, methods, and important findings of their community studies. Some 27 authors have contributed by describing a variety of epidemiologic investigations. As might be expected, there is a variation in quality and some overlapping of discussion.

The introductory remarks by the editors are a wellwritten synopsis of epidemiologic methods. In exploring each method the editors quite appropriately discuss its usefulness, its shortcomings, and its potential. The


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