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Greatest Hits Public Health and Epidemiology Books 

Epidemiology - general

Epidemiology by Leon Gordis & Larry McGrew (editor). Basic epidemiology book with practical problems. Very good to get basic understanding.

Modern Epidemiology by Rothman. More advanced epi text, kind of dry but has a lot of solid information.

Public health - general

A History of Public Health Good basic history of public health over the last few hundred years worldwide (important vaccine trials, public health disasters, etc.)

The Coming Plague by Laurie Garrett. From a journalist's point of view (I think she may also have a public health degree) this is the survey of "coming public health plagues" which the world should be considering.

Control of Communicable Diseases Manual by Abraham Benenson.

Specific diseases

The White Plague. Insightful look at tuberculosis.

And the Band Played On: Politics, People, and the AIDS epidemic by Randy Shilts.  A look at the HIV epidemic.

Health information & issues in developing countries

Developing Countries: Disease Control Priorities. Good (& expensive) text which for each major disease in developing world gives prevalence, life cycle, epidemiology, transmission, diagnosis, treatment, prevention, public health considerations, and future prognosis. If you just want the gist, there is also a UN Summary

World Development Report 1993: Investing in Health by World Bank. State of the World's Children 1998 by UNICEF. Gives child health statistics for many countries.

Demographic health survey: Bangladesh Surveys of basic health statistics for Bangladesh. From the country series.


Biostatistics: A Foundation for Analysis in the Health Sciences by Wayne Daniels. Basic biostatistics text which gives basic analysis techniques.

Clinical Trials: Design, Conduct and Analysis by Curtis L. Meinert. Specifics on how to conduct effective clinical trials.

Clinical Trials Dictionary: Terminology & Usage by Curtis L. Meinert

Case-Control Studies by Schlesselman. How to conduct & analyze case control studies.

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