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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: James C. Torner, MS, PhD (University of Iowa College of Public Health)
Description: This contemporary compilation of chapters on the main areas of biomedical research provides an overview of the state of analytical methods currently used and offers insights on future methods.
Purpose: This book is designed to highlight major contributions to methodology in topical areas, providing insight into methods and methodological issues. It does not provide mathematical details, which is not necessary given that the chapters are well referenced. It provides an excellent overview of contemporary statistical methods, meeting the authors' objectives of providing a compilation of key methods in biomedical science research.
Audience: This book is intended for advanced students or researchers. A basic understanding of common statistical methods is needed. The chapters are organized by subject matter so readers can find the methodology appropriate to their area. The authors for individual chapters are recognized contributors to the field.
Features: Areas covered include clinical trial design, epidemiology modeling, survival analysis, genetic analysis, bioinformatics, and other modeling topics. The book also focuses on contemporary methods. The outstanding organization and coverage is the best part of the book. The inconsistent use of examples is a shortcoming.
Assessment: This will be one of the landmark books that define the state of methods. It will provide an introduction and reference for advanced methods and will be a launching pad for future method development. It is challenging for the reader and may take several attempts and literature searches to use the methods, but the book lays the foundation. This is an impressive collection of topical methods.