Indian Journal of Community Medicine

: 2007  |  Volume : 32  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 94-

Comments on the reviews of foundations of community medicine

F Ahad 
 Government Medical College, Srinagar, Jammu & Kashmir, India

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F Ahad
Government Medical College, Srinagar, Jammu & Kashmir

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I have very carefully gone through your book review on Foundations of Community Medicine [1] . I do not want to comment on all the deficiencies pointed out in the book review, but what prompted me to write to you are unfair comments passed by the reviewer on following issues.

Epidemiology definitions pertaining to all the links in the natural history of communicable diseases are given in chapter 40 and difinitions on mass phenomena of diseases as also on morbidity, mortality and disability are given in chapter 4. Formulate for computing various mortality raes are appropriately given in chapter 31.

The evolution of Public Health has been presented logically and comprehensively comprising of difi nition, historical development, and span of Public Health. A summary table also higlights differentiating features between Public Halth and preventive Medicine. The chapter on the evolution of the discipline of Community Medicine presents an elaborate profile of Community Medicine on the same lines as of Public Health, Preventive Medicine, and Social Medicine.

A sub-chapter on the 'natural history' of cancer contains a comprehensive table presenting the nature, distribution, and aetiogenesis of 123 cancers of Public Health significance. In view of 'genome study', which has attracted the attention of several disciplines, each highliting its own area of interest, this book has naturally concentrated on preventive genetics only, which has been exhaustively covered in chapter 54. Leptospirosis has been discussed along with other biological hazards of zoonotic origin. It is again projected in table 19.1 for further elucidation.

I feel observations about this book that "it fails to act as a source of information", "it does not seem to fulfill the academic requirements of undergraduates", "a sense of completeness and comprehensiveness is missing", "reader fails to get a sense of contentment, satisfaction or enrichment after going through the chapters", are totally miplaced.


1Singh AJ. Book Review: Foundations of Community Medicine by Dhaar and Robbani, New Delhi: Elsevier, 2006. Indian Journal of Community Medicine 2006; 31:5.