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COMMENTS ON BOOK REVIEW Table of Contents   
Year : 2007  |  Volume : 32  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 94

Reviewer's Reply

Department of Community Medicine, PGIMER, Chandigarh, India

Date of Web Publication6-Aug-2009

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A J Singh
Department of Community Medicine, PGIMER, Chandigarh
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Singh A J. Reviewer's Reply. Indian J Community Med 2007;32:94

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Singh A J. Reviewer's Reply. Indian J Community Med [serial online] 2007 [cited 2021 Sep 18];32:94. Available from: https://www.ijcm.org.in/text.asp?2007/32/1/94/53425

In the 21th century focus in epidemiology should be on the latest. Burden of disease. DAILY, DFLE etc. Have been with us for more than a decade but chapter 40 fails to elaborate on these. Chapter 31 realted to MCH mortality, does not address the issues like standardized death rates. The mortality diagram has wrong labeling of D. M. W (P. 465). Moreover, definition of early and late fetal death rates mentions 'pregnancy among the female population' (as of now only females get pregnant !). These are several other omissions and errors such as RCT does not figure in the text or in the index, theory of causation has not been described, the forumulae for specificity, positive and negative predictive values are all wrong (P 553), definition of epizootic is missing, the tails of the normal curve appear to touch the baseline (P 880). It fact in can also be used for more than two attributes.

As far as historical developments are concerned, the year of industrial revolution in England is mentioned as 1950, is obviously wrong (P 17). How do authors explain that 'Profile of Modern Medicine' includes only Public Health etc. And nothing about fails to enlighten the readers why, when how, and where the term 'Community Medicine' ' evolved (p 27-28).

The table on cancer is more of a theroretical nature. The magnitude in term of age, sex, and time-wise trends of cancer in India are not given. Preventive genetics certainly has a scope of including at least one paragraph each on 'Human Genome Project', 'Cloning' and related ethical aspects.

Leptospirosis is dealt only briefly, its occurrence in India, incubation period, laboratory diagnosis or treatment is not mentioned (p 332). The chapter 10 on 'human population and its control' gives wrong notions about family welfare­more towards coercion (p 148). It needs to be changed (remember excesses in 1975 emergency!). The next chapter titled 'arthropod population and its control' also needs to be changed.

Chapter organization, coherence, sequence is also not proper. Section III Biological Environment and Health gives just a table of zoonosis and then next page onwards it is chapter 10 dealing with human population, biological environment zoonoses, human populaiton, arthropods and then a special treatment to 'rate population'-this does not give a coherent picture.


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