Volume 49, Issue 4 (July 2004)
Review of: Case Studies in Forensic Epidemiology
This volume is intended to be a textbook on the intersection of law and epidemiology. The book is divided into four parts: epidemiology in the courtroom, epidemiology in legislation and administrative rule making, community organization and advocacy group use of epidemiology in advocacy efforts designed to change law, and a final section on the role of epidemiological research in social debates about deviance. Each part of the book includes an introductory chapter that sets forth general issues, followed by two “case study” chapters that are designed to flesh out the issues in a particular area. Chapter 1 begins the first part with a very useful introductory summary of epidemiological methods and an introductory overview of the law of torts. The chapter compares and contrasts standards for the proof of causation in each area. Chapter 2 is a “case study” of the silicone breast implant litigation, and Chapter 3 a “case study” of a lawsuit involving an E. coli outbreak in which the author was an expert witness.