The Dictionary of Health Economics


The Dictionary of Health Economics

9781848441736 Edward Elgar Publishing
Anthony J. Culyer, University of Toronto, Canada and University of York, UK
Publication Date: September 2008 ISBN: 978 1 84844 173 6 Extent: 416 pp
Anthony Culyer has amassed a wealth of information and facts within these pages, and yet has not been reluctant to include comment on issues and ideas. This makes the Dictionary eminently readable and all the more interesting.

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From Abscissa, through to the World Health Organization, this expansive Dictionary comprehensively covers the field of health economics and closely related fields including epidemiology, pharmacoeconomics, demography, medical sociology, medical statistics and bio-statistics, health policy, health administration and health service management, public health medicine and qualitative and quantitative research. Entries and definitions are provided for all key concepts listed with, in many cases, more extended entries on core or controversial ideas.

Anthony Culyer has amassed a wealth of information and facts within these pages, and yet has not been reluctant to include comment on issues and ideas. This makes the Dictionary eminently readable and all the more interesting.

This is a unique reference work and as such, The Dictionary of Health Economics will be a valuable reference tool for a wide audience encompassing not just health economists, but many specialists and researchers in other fields (social sciences and beyond) as well as policymakers.
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''Culyer goes beyond simply providing clear and concise definitions. He also adds commentary, illustrations, hints about possible misunderstandings of words, and references to the literature for further reading. Readers will find plenty of cross-references and see references when appropriate. Each entry from the earlier volume has been examined, updated, and refined as necessary. Culyer provides a good update to his earlier work.''
– D.G. Ernsthausen, Choice

‘Anthony Culyer once again makes a significant contribution to health economics with a Dictionary that is succinct but also comprehensive. It will be particularly valuable to economists entering the health field and to health specialists who lack familiarity with terms originating in economics and statistics.’
– Victor R. Fuchs, Stanford University, US

‘Tony Culyer’s Dictionary is a masterpiece; concise, erudite and authoritative. It will have special appeal to those (like me) who are interested, but not expert, in health economics.’
– Sir Michael Rawlins, Chairman, NHS National Institute for Clinical Excellence, UK

‘The trouble with most dictionaries to my mind is that frequently the definitions are as difficult to understand as the words one is looking up. The Dictionary of Health Economics by Tony Culyer suffers far less from this problem than others and thus it is much more accessible to the non-specialist. I am particularly taken with Tony’s personal examples and vignettes attached to many of the definitions. These improve the comprehension of the definitions for the reader and add a personal touch which makes the book much more readable and less dry than other dictionaries.’
– David Barnett, Chairman Appraisals Committee NICE, Department of Cardiovascular Sciences, Pharmacology & Therapeutics Group, Robert Kilpatrick CSB, Leicester Royal Infirmary, UK

‘At last, a book that reveals in plain English the concepts and methods used by health economists. This book should make a major contribution to promoting multi-disciplinary research on health and health services, and enable students to get through the undergrowth of jargon that commonly turns them back.’
– Nick Black, Health Services Research Unit, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK
Contents: Preface Conventions The Dictionary of Health Economics Index
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