Medical Statistics: A Textbook for the Health Sciences / Edition 4

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Provides students and practitioners with a clear, concise introduction to the statistics they will come across in their regular reading of clinical papers.

Written by three experts with wide teaching and consulting experience, Medical Statistics: A Textbook for the Health Sciences, Fourth Edition:

  • Assumes no prior knowledge of statistics
  • Covers all essential statistical methods
  • Completely revised, updated and expanded
  • Includes numerous examples and exercises on the interpretation of the statistics in papers published in medical journals

From the reviews of the previous edition:

"The book has several excellent features: it is written by statisticians, is.... well presented, is well referenced.... and is short." THE LANCET

"Many statisticians are concerned at the generally poor standard of statistics in papers published in medical journals. Perhaps this could be remedied if more research workers would spare a few hours to read through Campbell and Machin's book." BRITISH MEDICAL JOURNAL

"... a simple, interesting and insightful introduction to medical statistics... highly recommended."  STATISTICAL METHODS IN MEDICAL RESEARCH

"Campbell and Machin found the golden mean... this book can be recommended for all students and all medical researchers."  ISCB NEWSLETTER 

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Editorial Reviews

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"This is an excellent text for teaching an introductory course in biostatistics and for those interested in self-study." (The American Statistician, November 2008)

“This book seems to me to be a very useful course text for an audience of students in the health sciences.” (Biometrics, December 2008)

"This is an excellent text for teaching an introductory course in biostatistics and for those interested in self-study." (The American Statistician, November 2008)

"…this reviewer recommends without any reservation this book for an introductory course in medical statistics." (MAA Reviews, December 28, 2007)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470025192
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 8/27/2007
  • Series: Medical Statistics Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 344
  • Sales rank: 368,278
  • Product dimensions: 6.73 (w) x 9.78 (h) x 0.74 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael J. Campbell. Professor of Medical Statistics, Institute of Primary Care and General Practice, University of Sheffield, UK

David Machin. Division of Clinical Trials and Epidemiological Sciences, National Cancer Center, Singapore

Stephen Walters. Senior Lecturer in Medical Statistics, Sheffield Health Economics Group, ScHARR, University of Sheffield, UK

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Table of Contents

Preface to the Fourth Edition.

1. Uses and abuses of medical statistics.

2. Describing and displaying categorical data.

3. Describing and displaying quantitative data.

4. Probability and decision making.

5. Distributions.

6. Populations, samples, standard errors and confidence intervals.

7. p-values and statistical inference.

8. Tests for comparing two groups of categorical or continuous data.

9. Correlation and linear regression.

10. Survival analysis.

11. Reliability and methods comparison studies.

12. Observational studies.

13. The randomised controlled trial.

14. Sample size issues.

15. Common pitfalls.


Solutions to exercises.

Statistical tables.


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  • Posted February 8, 2010

    It is an excellent biostatistics review.

    I beleive that the Medical Statistics is one of the best biostatistics books I have read so far. It is a avery good inroduction to the field of biostatistics.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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