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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Dinesh Sharma, M.D., MPH (East Tennessee State University Quillen College of Medicine)
Description: This is the seventh edition of a biostatistics primer by an expert in the field.
Purpose: This is a concise and useful introduction to biostatistics for medical students, students of public health, statistics, epidemiology, and biostatistics. It would be a handy guide for healthcare professionals to the interpretation and comprehension of biomedical literature.
Audience: The book is appropriate for graduate and undergraduate students and teachers of public health, statistics, epidemiology and biostatistics; medical students and healthcare professionals in training and practice.
Features: As a primer, it is written in a simple, intriguing, and enjoyable style. It gradually introduces the statistical tools such as t-test, correlation-coefficient, chi-square test, multiple comparison methods, sample size calculation, survival data analysis, etc. Concepts are illustrated with multiple examples ranging from real to hypothetical data. The CD-ROM which contains multiple statistical tests is a plus. Problems with answers at the end of each section would help students to hone their skills in statistical methods.
Assessment: The author has been successful in creating a good resource on biostatistics for the medical community. This is an excellent introduction to biostatistics that can be used as a reference at various levels. The book does not require any previous knowledge of biostatistics and, at the same time, it is a good review for experts.