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Introductory Biostatistics for the Health Sciences: Modern Applications Including Bootstrap

Introductory Biostatistics for the Health Sciences: Modern Applications Including Bootstrap

Michael R. Chernick, Robert H. Friis

ISBN: 978-0-471-45871-5

Apr 2003

406 pages


Accessible to medicine- and/or public policy-related audiences, as well as most statisticians.
  • Emphasis on outliers is discussed by way of detection and treatment.
  • Resampling statistics software is incorporated throughout.
  • Motivating applications are presented in light of honest theory.
  • Plentiful exercises are sprinkled throughout.

What is Statistics? How is it Applied in the Health Sciences?

Defining Populations and Selecting Samples.

Systematic Organization and Display of Data.

Summary Statistics.

Basic Probability.

The Normal Distribution.

Sampling Distributions for Means.

Estimating Population Means.

Tests of Hypotheses.

Inferences Regarding Proportions.

Categorical Data and Chi-Square Tests.

Correlation,  Linear Regression, and Logistic Regression.

One-Way Analysis of Variance.

Nonparametric Methods.

Analysis of Survival Times.

Software Packages for Statistical Analysis.


Appendix A. Percentage Points, F-Distribution (α = 0.05).

Appendix B. Studentized Range Statistics.

Appendix C. Quantiles of the Wilcoxon Signed-Rank Test Statistic.

Appendix D. X2 Distribution.

Appendix E. Table of the Standard Normal Distribution.

Appendix F. Percentage Points, Student's t Distribution.

Appendix G. Answers to Selected Exercises.


“…readers will come away with a better understanding of biostatistics...” (Statistical Methods in Medical Research, Vol.14, No.1, 2005)

"…a good textbook for an introductory course in biostatistics at the advanced undergraduate/beginning graduate level…covers a broader variety of topics that is usually found in comparable textbooks…" (The American Statistician, Vol. 58, No. 2, May 2004)

"...lucid writing style and numerous real-world examples add to the book's appeal and value...complex subject uniquely accessible..." (Zentralblatt Math, Vol. 1028, 2004)

“...the authors’ lucid writing style and numerous interesting real-world examples make a complex subject quite acc3essible to a diverse audience...I recommend this book to undergraduate statistics students, medical personnel, public health trainees, or nursing and medical students...would also make an excellent textbook for an introductory...biostatistics course.” (Mathematical Reviews, Issue 2004b)

"...the book is most successful in meeting the needs of students..." (Technometrics, Vol. 45, No. 4, November 2003)