Case Studies in Public and Community Health presents 14 classroom-tested case study scenarios, including background information and discussion questions. The overall purpose of the book is to help students understand that public health practice occurs in a social content, and is subject to all the complexities of a social environment. The book can be used as a textbook supplement to Jo Fairbanks William H Wiese's,The Public Health Primer (SAGE, 1997); it can also be used on its own, or as a supplement to other textbooks in the field.
Case Study #1: Basic Terms in Epidemiology
Case Study #2: Cholera in London, 1850
This is a case study that is based on an actual event. It is an illustration of the early application of the emerging principles of epidemiology. John Snow's investigation of cholera is available in its entirety in Snow on Cholera, New York: The Commonwealth Fund, on the Mode of Communication of Cholera (1936).
Today, we know that cholera is an acute diarrheal disease caused by an enterotoxin produced by Vibrio cholerae bacteria. The incubation period is from 1 to 6 days, but generally 2 to 3 days. Cholera ...