Medical Statistics: A Textbook for the Health Sciences, 4th Edition
August 2007, ©2006
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
1. Uses and abuses of medical statistics.
2. Describing and displaying categorical data.
3. Describing and displaying quantitative data.
4. Probability and decision making.
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.
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
- The statistics in this book is explained solely within the medical and health context and looks at the practical application of statistics and other quantitative methods to medicine and its applied sciences.
- 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.
- Excellent layout of information, learning objectives, test questions and answers all serving to promote the book’s proven effectiveness as a learning tool.
“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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