The ScienceBlogs Book Club

Archives for July, 2010

Mark Pendergrast writes: It’s time to wrap up this ScienceBlog Book Club on my book, Inside the Outbreaks. I want to thank Liz Borkowski, Steve Schoenbaum, and Karen Starko for their excellent, insightful commentaries, and thanks too to those who commented here. I assume that you can continue to do so, and you can also…

In this post I want to address disease control opportunities for EIS officers, many of which are detailed in “Inside the Outbreaks: One of the first things we learned about on joining the EIS was John Snow’s determination that an outbreak of cholera in London was attributable to contamination of the water from the Broad…

Mark Pendergrast writes: Instead of responding to last week’s commentaries on this book club blog about my book, Inside the Outbreaks, I want to throw out a controversial idea that runs counter to what many public health commentators apparently believe. So I expect some disagreement here. (I will post responses to the commentaries as “comments”…

Karen Starko writes: Several basic questions related to Reye’s syndrome (RS) have come to me from readers of Mark’s book, Inside the Outbreaks. These show the importance of continued education on health issues. (For example, some physicians thought that fever was essential to getting RS). Again, thanks to Mark Pendergrast for a wonderful addition to…

Liz Borkowski writes: I wrote last week about how federal agencies can solve the problems that create conditions for disease outbreaks – or fail to solve them, as is too often the case. This week, I wanted to focus on the role Congress plays in public health agencies’ effectiveness, because that’s another angle that crops…

The Power of Comparison

Steve Schoenbaum writes: In his blog this week, Mark Pendergrast challenges someone/anyone to take on explaining the differences between case-control studies vs. cohort studies. As an EIS officer, back in late May/early June 1968, I did a case-control study as part of the investigation of a common source outbreak of hepatitis in Ogemaw County, Michigan,…