Statistics in Medicine

Statistics in Medicine

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This book covers 30 per cent of statistical methods used for 90 per cent of medical studies. It opens with databases from clinical medicine and uses such data throughout to give multiple worked-out illustrations for every method. In contrast to a traditional text, it provides two parts: (I) an introductory text for students in medicine, dentistry, nursing, pharmacy, and other health care fields, and (II) a reference manual to support practicing clinicians in reading medical literature or conducting research study. The textbook part starts at ground zero in mathematics and covers only the basic concepts and the most frequently seen methods in biostatistics, following the philosophy that what the student remembers five years after the course is the important issue, not what is forgotten. The reference part is written to allow topic hop-about rather than a required sequence of reading. It is well indexed to find topics and terms. A great effort has been made to make it user friendly and the foreword has been written by VADM Richard Nelson M.D., Surgeon General of the Navy and Chief, Bureau of Medicine and Surgery.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 581 pages
  • 158 x 236.2 x 32.3mm | 975.05g
  • Academic Press Inc
  • San Diego, United States
  • b&w illustrations
  • 0125885601
  • 9780125885607

Table of contents

Course of Study: Data, Notation, and Basic Terms. Distributions. Summary Statistics. Confidence, Intervals and Probability. Concept and Practice in Hypothesis Testing. Medical Decisions: Statistical Testing, Risk and Odds. Sample Size Required for a Study. Statistical Prediction. Epidemiology. Answers to problems for Part I. Reference Handbook: Reading Articles and Planning Studies. Tables of Probability Distributions. Confidence Intervals. Common Tests on Categorical Data. Common Tests on Ranked Data. Common Tests on Continuous Data Means. Common Tests on Continuous Data Variances. Common Tests on the Distribution Shape of Continuous Data. Sample Size Required for a Study. Modeling and Clinical Decisions. Regression and Correlation Methods. Survival and Time-Series Analysis. Chapter Summaries. References and Data Sources. Tables of Probability Distributions. Index.
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"@from:From Praise for the Book The concept of a two-part book (text and reference) is unique. The content is very good. --DAVID A. LANE, M.D., Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, Washington, DC An easy-to-use, germane, well-organized book. He has eliminated much of the material that might appear in a more standard textbook of statistics in favor of presenting specifically medical studies to his busy audience. It is organized in a manner that allows thumbing through to obtain specific guidance for specific problems in medical statistics. --BRIAN NYQUIST, M.D., Chief of Anesthesiology, Bremerton Naval Hospital, Washington One common annoyance in the lives of researchers is the attempt to ferret out details of a statistical test from a textbook. This book gives the details a busy researcher needs [in a single section], with assumptions, sufficient detail, and several worked examples. --BRUCE BOYNTON, M.D., Department of Pediatrics, University of California, San Diego
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About Robert H. Riffenburgh

Robert H. Riffenburgh, Ph.D. provides advice on experimental design, statistical analysis, and scientific integrity on the approximately 140 new studies beginning each year at the Naval Medical Center San Diego. He is former professor and Head, Dept. of Statistics, Univ. of Connecticut, and has been faculty at Va Tech., Univ. Hawaii, Univ. Maryland, Univ. California San Diego, San Diego State Univ., and in Leidin (The Netherlands). He has been president of his own consulting firm and performed and directed operations research for the U.S. Government and NATO. He has consulted periodically on medical statistics throughout his career and full-time for the last eight years. He has received numerous awards and has published more than 125 professional papers.
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