Appleton and Langes Review of Epidemiology and Biostatistics for the USMLE has been written primarily for medical students and international medical graduates preparing for the United States Medical Licensing Examinations. Its aim is to present the core material that the medical student nds to successfully complete the epidemiology and biostatistics sections of those examinations. Appleton and Langes Review is not designed to be a comprehensive text but, rather, an outline of the essentials that can be read and reviewed in a limited amount of time.
The authors feel that the essentials of epidemiology and bio- statistics can be mastered very quickly with the use of this re- view, and they suggest that it be read from cover to cover
In the contemporary arena of medical certification, board exami- nations administered by the National Board of Medical Examin- ers (NBME) have become increasingly difficult. Medical students and international medical graduates are constantly on the look- out for a concise book in every subject, including epidemiology and biostatistics, to facilitate preparation for these examinations. The right kind of review must be broad in scope to permit atten- tion to the important aspects of each discipline, yet concise enough to facilitate learning within time constraints. The United States Medical Licensing Examinations (USMLE) Step 1, Step 2, and Step 3 have been designed to measure comprehensive knowl- edge and the ability to apply that knowledge clinically. The NBME recommends that the most appropriate preparation is a general and thorough review of the basic and clinical sciences.
Most of the books written on the topics of epidemiology and bio- statistics exceed 300 pages in length. They lack the brevity that time constraints necessitate in the burgeoning curriculum of the medical examinee. Because questions pertaining to epidemiology and biostatistics appear in all three steps of the USMLE, our en- deavor is to introduce a short, concise review book that (1) clearly gets to the point on the essential material, (2) presents core mate- rial clearly and succinctly in a medically relevant and clinically understandable format, and (3) most important, tests the reader with board types of questions both within the topic discussions as well as in a separate timed examination.