Epidemiology has come to the forefront not only as an important science but as a clinical tool as well. Both health care reform and continuous quality improvement, each with a need for outcomes data, and the rise of new diseases, such as the human immunodeficiency virus, have resulted in the necessity of both the academic investigator and the clinician to increase their ability to quantify and understand patterns of occurrences. In pediatrics, this has been more true than in most specialties. This volume, The Epidemiology of Childhood Disorders, edited by respected epidemiologist Ivan Barry Pless, pulls together in one volume core epidemiologic studies in pediatrics.
The two introductory chapters provide a valuable review of epidemiologic terminology and examine the role of the longitudinal studies. The remainder of the book is divided into five sections: perinatal disorders, infectious disorders, mental and behavioral disorders, injuries and violence, and chronic disorders. Each of