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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 42  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 250

Textbook of community medicine – Preventive and social medicine

Department of Community Medicine, GMERS Medical College Sola, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India

Date of Web Publication25-Oct-2017

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Rashmi Sharma
Department of Community Medicine, GMERS Medical College Sola, Ahmedabad, Gujarat
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DOI: 10.4103/ijcm.IJCM_256_17

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Sharma R. Textbook of community medicine – Preventive and social medicine. Indian J Community Med 2017;42:250

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Sharma R. Textbook of community medicine – Preventive and social medicine. Indian J Community Med [serial online] 2017 [cited 2020 Nov 25];42:250. Available from: https://www.ijcm.org.in/text.asp?2017/42/4/250/217228

Publisher Name : CBS Publishers and Distributors Pvt., Ltd
Location : New Delhi, India
Price : INR 895
Year of Publication : 2017 (5th edition)
Editors Name : Sunder Lal, Adarsh, Pankaj
Pages : 807
ISBN : 9789386217554

The National body of IAPSM is working on removing the deadwood and reforming the syllabus of Community Medicine for undergraduate as well as postgraduate students. To keep pace with the ever-changing public health scenario, it is very necessary to revise and update the facts and figures in the textbook(s), while keeping it simple and reader-friendly to generate and maintain interest in the subject among the end users. Gone are the days when the under and postgraduate students of Community Medicine had to rely solely on a textbook of a particular author. Several books by different Indian authors are now available in the market to choose from.

One such book is the latest edition of the Textbook of Community Medicine authored by Drs. Sunder Lal, Adarsh and Pankaj. It is divided into two parts – Part 1 covers basic sciences related to the discipline of Community Medicine – application of social and behavioral sciences, health policy, demography applied nutrition, environmental health etc., and Part II covers epidemiology of Communicable and noncommunicable diseases, National Health Programmes, health management, health-care delivery system, Health management functions, hospital statistics etc. This distribution largely matches the distribution of topics covered in Papers 1 and 2 of University examination in Community Medicine. A much-appreciated point is the unified approach adopted by the authors, whereby the policies and national programs are integrated with relevant topics to avoid fragmentation and increasing holistic understanding and learning of the topic.

Principal author – Dr. Sunder Lal, having a rich of experience in Teaching, Training, and research in Community Medicine, spanning almost half a century, has also served as the President–Secretary General IAPSM as well as Chief Editor of IJCM for 9 years. A recipient of various awards including the prestigious Amrut Mody Unichem Prize (Indian Council of Medical Research) for his work on maternal and child health; his mastery is evident in the book sections dealing with reproductive and child health, malnutrition, communication, and health management. Health Economics, Hospital statistics, Infection management, Environment plan are few topics which are covered better than most other Indian textbooks. One more highlight of the book is its India specific illustrations and inclusion of field experiences, simple figures, and sketches which makes even the prosaic text, interesting and understandable. The book has been updated to reflect recent information and advances. However, certain sections are information intensive and might overburden the undergraduate readers. Chapters may benefit with the inclusion of some important questions in general and few MCQ specifically at the end, making it more examination friendly in general and NEET particularly.

In my opinion, this book is one of the better ones in the market and strongly recommended for both under and postgraduate students. It not only provides insights and better understanding of the subject but also the updated information which is often asked in entrance examinations. It can also serve as a guide while dealing with public health urgencies and issues. The book makes a sincere attempt to fulfill the tenets of Miller's pyramid.


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