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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Vedang J Bhavsar, MD (East Tennessee State University Quillen College of Medicine)
Description: This is the third edition of a multiauthored book that explains the basic concepts of medical statistics.
Purpose: It provides a guide to applying commonly used statistical tools and methods, and is also very helpful in understanding the interpretation of medical literature. The authors are well known in their respective fields.
Audience: The intended audience includes medical students, healthcare professionals, students in biomedical sciences, pharmaceutical industry personnel, and students in public health, statistics, epidemiology, and biostatistics.
Features: This package includes a textbook and a workbook. The textbook is a basic introduction to the concepts of medical statistics and a guide to applying statistical tools and methods. Each chapter covers a different aspect of medical statistics. The concise, clear, and simple approach with multiple illustrative examples makes the subject easier to understand. The workbook contains variety of self-assessment questions and examples with answers to enable readers to test their statistical knowledge. The critical appraisal part explains how to critique and interpret study results in a methodical way by providing templates of different types of studies. The comprehensive, step-by-step analyses of two datasets demonstrate the application of statistical techniques and principles to practical research.
Assessment: This excellent book is a valuable resource for the basic understanding of medical biostatistics and can be used as a reference by various levels of students and health professionals.