Textbooks summarize the epidemiology discipline at a given moment in time. They can be very influential when used to train young generations of students. In this section, we present a selection of the most influential textbooks. The study of subsequent (editions of) textbooks also allows us to understand the evolution of the field.

Background publications

Zhang FF, Michaels DC, Mathema B, Kauchali S, Chatterjee A, Ferris DC, James TM, Knight J, Dounel M, Tawfik HO, Frohlich JA, Kuang L, Hoskin EK, Veldman FJ, Baldi G, Mlisana KP, Mametja LD, Diaz A, Khan NL, Sternfels P, Sevigny JJ, Shamam A, Morabia A (2004) Evolution of epidemiologic methods and concepts in selected textbooks of the 20th century. In History of Epidemiological Methods and Concepts , Morabia A (ed), Birkhäuser: Basel, pp 351-362. Older version in SPM.

Bracken M (2003). The first epidemiologic text. Am J Epidemiol 157 : 855856. PDF

Lilienfeld DE (2003). The first epidemiology textbook, revisited. Am J Epidemiol 157: 856857.