Communicable Disease Epidemiology and Control: A Global Perspective, Third Edition
Roger Webber (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine)

VSPN Review by Meri Winchester Hall, RVT, RLATG, AAS, VTS, (SAIM)Star
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Communicable disease is dealt with everyday in veterinary medicine. This is an informative textbook for the student of epidemiology as well as public health professionals. The book encompasses 304 pages and is divided into nineteen chapters covering everything from the theory of communicable disease to the continually emerging and new diseases. The initial chapters of the book give a very thorough review of elements of communicable disease and theory including environmental control, vaccination, and vector control as recognized universal principles for preventing the spread of disease regardless of the species. Other chapters address a variety of diseases spread through human contact such as those dealing with the respiratory system and skin infections.

The chapter on control principles and methods, although written to address human disease, lists principles which can be recognized as beneficial for personnel associated with veterinary medicine. One chapter does discuss zoonotic disease with an extensive listing of the diseases transmitted to humans from dogs and cats. This chapter would be of particular interest to those working in the field of veterinary medicine both from a veterinarian as well as a veterinary technician’s point of view.

The chapters for the specific diseases are organized by mode of transmission and are very thorough. This would be a good reference for anyone interested in human epidemiology. While the animal connection is touched upon briefly, the listing of communicable disease is strictly for humans. The book focuses on human diseases, especially those found in tropical settings and developing countries. It is for this reason more than any other that this book is not deemed to be useful for most practicing veterinarians or veterinary technicians unless they are working in the public health arena.

Publisher: CABI (2009).

ISBN-13: 9778-1-84593-504-7.


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Introduction
Alternative Medicine
Anatomy
Anesthesia/Analgesia
Animal Welfare
Aquatic/Fish
Avian
Behavior
Camelids
Canine
Cardiology
Client Education
Cytology / Hematology / Histology
Dental
Dermatology
Dictionary/Reference
Drugs/Pharmacology
Emergency Med
Endocrine
Epidemiology
 
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Equine
Ethics
Exotics
Feline
Food Animals/Livestock
General
Genetics
Geriatrics
Handling & Restraint
Human-Animal Bond
Imaging & Radiology
Immunology
Infectious Diseases
Internal Medicine
Laboratory Medicine
Microbiology
Multimedia
Neurology
Nutrition
Oncology
Ophthalmology
Orthopedics
Parasitology
Pathology
Pediatrics
Physiology
Physiotherapy
Practice Management
Primates
Rabbits, Rodents & Ferrets
Reproduction
Reptile/Amphibian
Research
Respiratory
Ruminants
Sheep/Goats
Shelter Medicine
Surgery
Swine
Technicians
Toxicology
Urology/Renal
Veterinary Education
Wildlife-Zoo Animals
Zoonoses

Date Published: June 21, 2010

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