The Epidemiology and Natural History of Herpes Zoster and Postherpetic Neuralgia

  • Kenneth E. SchmaderEmail author
  • Robert H. Dworkin


The objective of this chapter is to review the epidemiology and natural history of herpes zoster and postherpetic neuralgia. Epidemiology seeks to explain and comprehend diseases by studying the characteristics of diseases in populations. For this chapter, these characteristics include morbidity, mortality, incidence and prevalence rates, and risk factors for herpes zoster and postherpetic neuralgia. The sources of epidemiological data in this chapter include cohort studies, case-control studies, clinical trials, large case series, and case reports.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Division of Geriatrics, Department of Medicine and the Center for the Study of Aging and Human DevelopmentDuke University Medical CenterDurhamUSA
  2. 2.Geriatric ResearchEducation and Clinical Center, Durham VA Medical CenterDurhamUSA
  3. 3.Departments of Anesthesiology, Neurology and PsychiatryUniversity of Rochester School of Medicine and DentistryRochesterUSA
  4. 4.Center for Human TherapeuticsUniversity of Rochester School of Medicine and DentistryRochesterUSA

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