This is the fourth volume in an annual series that is fast becoming recognized as a major source of excellent reviews of important epidemiologic issues. Although there have been different editors since the first issue, the quality has remained.
Nathanson and Gordis have chosen knowledgeable authors and timely subjects. The content areas include genetics, infectious diseases, vascular disease, reproduction, and cancer. Once again, however, the authors have avoided methodological issues related to mathematical analysis.
The quality of the reports is high and remains constant over most of the chapters. Each author not only provides an excellent review of the relevant literature, including his own work, but also provides insightful criticism of the articles and attempts to combine the evidence into a plausible, unified framework. Most of the articles maintain a sophisticated level of discussion that makes them useful for serious students of the individual areas. This high level may make