Nutritional Epidemiology (Monographs in Epidemiology and Biostatistics)

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9780195045017: Nutritional Epidemiology (Monographs in Epidemiology and Biostatistics)

This book discusses the complex relationships between diet and major diseases of western civilization, such as cancer and atherosclerosis. It begins with an overview of research strategies in nutritional epidemiology, a relatively new discipline that combines the body of detailed knowledge gained by nutritionists in this century with methodologic approaches developed by epidemiologists to study determinants of diseases with multiple etiologies and long latent periods. Learning about the effects of diet begins with its measurement, thus a major part of the book is devoted to methods of dietary assessment using data on food intake, biochemical indicators of diet, and measures of body size and composition. The reproducibility and validity of evidence from each approach and the implications of measurement error are considered in detail. The analysis, presentation, and interpretation of data from epidemiologic studies of diet and disease are discussed; particular attention is given to the influence of total energy intake on the findings of these studies. Comprehensive and in-depth, this is an indispensable text for epidemiologists, nutritionists, and their students.

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Walter C. Willett is at Harvard School of Public Health.


"This is a very useful book, which is extremely readable. It explains the difficulties and complexities of assessing dietary intakes in groups of free-living individuals and offers comprehensivee guidance on how to carry out these assessments and how to use and interpret the data obtained. It is essential reading for anyone thinking of working in the area of nutritional epidemiology." --Paediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology

"...well-organized and written with notable clarity."--Choice

Praise for the First Edition:

"Covers, with unusual clarity, complex issues related to the nature of variation in diet and its implications in the design and interpretation of studies of nutritional epidemiology." --International Journal of Epidemiology

"Walter Willett, of the Harvard School of Public Health, is recognized as working at the cutting edge of this demanding field. His recently published book Nutritional Epidemiology was written specifically for researchers actively engaged in studies of diet and disease. It is a clear, coherent, and eminently readable expose of a very complex, multifaceted new discipline."--Community Health Studies

"Very valuable to the growing group of researchers and graduate students wanting to understand the relationship between diet the incidence of chronic disease among adult Americans . . . . The volume as a whole makes a valuable contribution since it is comprehensive and summarizes significant developments from the last ten years; a compilation of information about nutrition epidemiology has long been lacking. Willett's book will be most useful to advanced students, practitioners and researchers." --Journal of Nutrition Education

"Very valuable reading for anyone considering undertaking a dietary survey. For those attempting to measure dietary intakes in an epidemiologic context, Willett's book will be essential reading." --American Journal of Epidemiology

"The author is an expert in this field and both the chapters he has written as well as those contributed by others are uniformly well-organized and written with notable clarity."--Doody's Journal

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Walter Willett
Editore: Oxford University Press, USA (1989)
ISBN 10: 0195045017 ISBN 13: 9780195045017
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Descrizione libro Oxford University Press, USA, 1989. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria DADAX0195045017

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