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  • Paperback: 768 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford; New Ed edition (1 Jan. 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 019854040X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0198540403
  • Product Dimensions: 23.3 x 4.2 x 15.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 569,028 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Senior citizens of the medical profession who are faced with decisions about the direction of future efforts to control disease would do well to read this book, and teachers of courses on public health should find its perspectives invaluable. (The Lancet)

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Roy M. Anderson is at Imperial College, London. Robert M. May is at University of Oxford and Imperial College, London.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 12 Oct. 2005
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Anderson and May's book contains a wealth of knowledge from two of the founding fathers of modern epidemiology. Anderson has been chief scientific advisor to the UK government and May is President of the Royal Society. That said, this book is both interesting and accessible. The authors have drawn together a wide and complex field, previously open only to those with advanced mathematical skills and made it available to anyone with a basic aptitude for maths. Basic principles are outlined and built on in later chapters, covering topics such as modelling directly transmitted infections, vector born and sexually transmitted diseases. Common assumptions are clearly illuminated and discussed along with advice on how to avoid numerous pitfalls.
This is the "Standard text" that all infectious disease modellers should have.
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A classic. Epic yet readable. 11 Mar. 2011
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I'm shocked that no one has previously reviewed this. In a sense, it is *the* classic text of disease ecology, binding together decades worth of papers and theory into a single, coherent volume.

May was trained as a physicist, and Anderson as a mathematician. They are a singular duo in ecology, publishing a series of very high impact papers that re-shaped the way many thought the interactions between hosts and parasites, drawing analogies with popular predator-prey systems. In addition, they drew attention to interactions between ecology and evolution.

One of the things that I most like about their work in general, and this book in particular, is the clear narrative structure. There are abundant equations, but each is explained with clear English, and each one's importance in the overall "story" is plainly laid out. I found it to be *almost* (though not quite) armchair pleasure reading. Much of the math isn't exceptionally difficult, and can be skipped, but those looking for detail will find plenty.

It's beginning to get a little old in what is missing, but this work remains a firm foundation for disease ecology, which in itself remains a cornerstone of modern population and community ecology research.
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