1988-91 From Almanac to Episource

Book project “Epidemiology Almanac” turned into “Episource” involvement / Vom Buchprojekt “Epidemiology Almanac” zur Mitwirkung an “Episource”

The manuscript of my book project “The Epidemiologist’s Almanac” included the following sections / Das Manuskript meines Buchprojektes “Epidemiologischer Almanach” hatte folgende Gliederung:


  • Calendarium and events / Kalendarium und Termine
  • Epidemiologic periodicals, handbooks, textbooks / Epidemiologische Periodika und Standardwerke
  • Access to the literature, incl. bibliographic database systems / Zugangswege zur Fachliteratur, inkl. bibliographische Datenbanksysteme
  • Data sources in epidemiology / Epidemiologische Datenquellen
  • Epidemiologic resource institutions / Epidemiologisch relevante Institutionen
  • Computer tools for the epidemiologist, incl. statistical software, health risk appraisal / EDV-Werkzeuge für die Epidemiologie, inkl. Statistik-Software, Gesundheitsrisikoanalyse
  • Challenges to the epidemiologist (from: “Reviewing a study report” to “Staying a healthy epidemiologist”) / Epidemiologische Aufgabenstellungen (von “Studienbewertung” bis “Gesundes Arbeiten in der Epidemiologie”)
  • Funding in epidemiology / Fördermittel für die Epidemiologie
  • Training & job market / Ausbildung & Arbeitsmarkt
  • Appendix: Epidemiologic measures; disease classifications / Anhang: Epidemiologische Maßzahlen; Krankheits-Klassifikationen

When realizing that CDC-based Roger Bernier, The Epidemiology Monitor’s editor, pursued a similar project, the Almanac project was discontinued. The book “Episource: A guide to resources in epidemiology” (R.H. Bernier, V.M. Mason, eds.) was published in 1991 / Nach Kontakt mit Roger Bernier und seinem Episource-Projekt wurde die Arbeit am Almanach aufgegeben. Das Buch “Episource” erschien 1991

From Roger Bernier’s foreword / Aus dem Vorwort:

“… Actually, the project … began in earnest in 1990 after a couple of false starts in the late 1980’s, and after a serendipitous meeting with a German colleague in 1989. This colleague (Rainer Fehr) trained at the University of California Berkeley in the 1980’s, and had come to believe in the need for an “almanac-type” book that would bring together under one cover a set of materials and reprints of special interest to epidemiologists, especially students. My idea was more akin to a “whole earth” catalogue for epidemiologists. Nevertheless, the fact that another colleague had perceived a similar need further encouraged me to jump into the “book publishing waters” I had been contemplating and toying with for over a decade. …”

(Need to add that my approach, too, was heavily influenced by Steward Brand’s “Whole Earth Review” series and “Whole Earth catalogues”.)

While there are about 200 persons listed as contributing editors, editors, contributors, and authors of reprinted letters and articles, my input was acknowledged by giving me the role of “consulting editor” / Roger bedankte sich für meinen Input, indem er mich zum “Consulting editor” ernannte

A large portion of the efforts invested here were then utilized for later projects, e.g. Noxious Agents Information System (NIS) / Ein großer Teil der investierten Mühen ließ sich für spätere Projekte nutzen, darunter auch das Noxen-Informationssystem (NIS)

(Rev. 12 Jun 2016)