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Veterinary Epidemiology, 4th Edition

Veterinary Epidemiology, 4th Edition

Michael Thrusfield, Robert Christley (With)

ISBN: 978-1-118-28026-3

Feb 2018, Wiley-Blackwell

888 pages

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A comprehensive introduction to the role of epidemiology in veterinary medicine

This fully revised and expanded edition of Veterinary Epidemiology introduces readers to the field of veterinary epidemiology. The new edition also adds new chapters on the design of observational studies, validity in epidemiological studies, systematic reviews, and statistical modelling, to deliver more advanced material.

This updated edition begins by offering an historical perspective on the development of veterinary medicine. It then addresses the full scope of epidemiology, with  chapters covering causality, disease occurrence, determinants, disease patterns, disease ecology, and much more.

Veterinary Epidemiology, Fourth Edition:

●      Features updates of all chapters to provide a current resource on the subject of veterinary epidemiology

●      Presents new chapters essential to the continued advancement of the field

●      Includes examples from companion animal, livestock, and avian medicine, as well as aquatic animal diseases

●      Focuses on the principles and concepts of epidemiology, surveillance, and diagnostic-test validation and performance

●      Includes access to a companion website providing multiple choice questions

Veterinary Epidemiology is an invaluable reference for veterinary general practitioners, government veterinarians, agricultural economists, and members of other disciplines interested in animal disease. It is also essential reading for epidemiology students at both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

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From the preface to the first edition

From the preface to the second edition

From the preface to the third edition

Preface to the fourth edition

About the companion website

1 The development of veterinary medicine
Michael Thrusfield

2 The scope of epidemiology
Michael Thrusfield

3 Causality
Michael Thrusfield

4 Describing disease occurrence
Michael Thrusfield

5 Determinants of disease
Michael Thrusfield

6 The transmission and maintenance of infection
Michael Thrusfield

7 The ecology of disease
Michael Thrusfield

8 Patterns of disease
Michael Thrusfield

9 Comparative epidemiology
Michael Thrusfield

10 The nature of data
Michael Thrusfield

11 Data collection and management
Michael Thrusfield

12 Presenting numerical data
Michael Thrusfield and Robert Christley

13 Surveys
Michael Thrusfield and Helen Brown

14 Demonstrating association
Michael Thrusfield

15 Observational studies
Michael Thrusfield

16 Design considerations for observational studies
Robert Christley and Nigel French

17 Clinical trials
Michael Thrusfield

18 Validity in epidemiological studies
Robert Christley and Nigel French

19 Systematic reviews
Annette O’Connor, Jan Sargeant and Hannah Wood

20 Diagnostic testing
Michael Thrusfield

21 Surveillance
Michael Thrusfield

22 Statistical modelling
Robert Christley and Peter J. Diggle

23 Mathematical modelling
Michael Thrusfield

24 Risk analysis
Michael Thrusfield and Louise Kelly

25 Economics and veterinary epidemiology
Keith Howe and Michael Thrusfield

26 Health schemes
Michael Thrusfield

27 The control and eradication of disease
Michael Thrusfield

Appendix I: Glossary of terms

Appendix II: Basic mathematical notation and terms

Appendix III: Some computer software

Appendix IV: Veterinary epidemiology on the Internet

Appendix V: Student’s t-distribution

Appendix VI: Multipliers used in the construction of confidence intervals based on the Normal distribution, for selected levels of confidence

Appendix VII: Values of exact 95% confidence limits for proportions

Appendix VIII: Values from the Poisson distribution for calculating 90%, 95% and 99% confidence intervals for observed numbers from 0 to 100

Appendix IX: The χ2 distribution

Appendix X: Technique for selecting a simple random sample

Appendix XI: Sample sizes

Appendix XII: The probability of detecting a small number of cases in a population

Appendix XIII: The probability of failure to detect cases in a population

Appendix XIV: Sample sizes required for detecting disease with probability, p1, and threshold number of positives

Appendix XV: Probabilities associated with the upper tail of the Normal distribution

Appendix XVI: Lower- and upper-tail probabilities for Wx, the Wilcoxon–Mann–Whitney rank-sum statistic

Appendix XVII: Critical values of T + for the Wilcoxon signed ranks test

Appendix XVIII: Values of K for calculating 95% confidence intervals for the difference between population medians for two independent samples

Appendix XIX: Values of K∗ for calculating 95% confidence intervals for the difference between population medians for two related samples

Appendix XX: Common logarithms (log10) of factorials of the integers 1–999

Appendix XXI: The correlation coefficient

Appendix XXII: The variance-ratio (F) distribution