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Biostatistics: The Bare Essentials [Paperback]

Geoffrey R., Ph.D. Norman , David L, Ph.D. Streiner
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February 2008 1607951630 978-1607951636 3 Pap/Cdr
Author Biography

Geoffrey Norman PhDProfessor, Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatics McMaster University Hamilton, Ontario

David Streiner PhDAssistant Vice President, Research Director Kunin-Lunenfeld Applied Research Unit Baycreat Centre of Geriatric Care Professor, Department of Psychiatry University of Toronto Toronto, Ontario

• Analysis of Longitudinal Data: Hierarchical Linear Models

• Equivalence and Non-Inferiority Testing

• Getting Started with SPSS

• Survival Analysis

• C.R.A.P Detectors for each section

Students and Practitioners in the Health Profession.

This new edition of the book will be produced in two versions. The textbook will include a CD-Rom with two videotaped lectures by the authors.

This book translates biostatistics in the health sciences literature with clarity and irreverence. Students and practitioners alike, applaud Biostatistics as the practical guide that exposes them to every statistical test they may encounter, with careful conceptual explanations and a minimum of algebra.

What’s New?

The new Bare Essentials reflects recent advances in statistics, as well as time-honored methods. For example, “hierarchical linear modeling” which first appeared in psychology journals and only now is described in medical literature. Also new, is a chapter on testing for equivalence and non-inferiority. As well as a chapter with information to get started with the computer statistics program, SPSS.

Free of calculations and jargon, Bare Essentials speaks so plainly that you won’t need a technical dictionary. No math, all concepts. The objective is to enable you to determine if the research results are applicable to your own patients.

Throughout the guide, you’ll find highlights of areas in which researchers misuse or misinterpret statistical tests. We have labeled these “C.R.A.P. Detectors” (Convoluted Reasoning and Anti-intellectual Pomposity), which help you to identify faulty methodology and misuse of statistics.

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About the Author

Geoffrey R. Norman, PhD Professor of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics McMaster University Hamilton, Ontario, Canada David L. Streiner, PhD Assistant Vice-President, Research Director, Kunin-Lunenfeld Applied Research Unit Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care Professor, Department of Psychiatry University of Toronto Toronto, Ontario, Canada --This text refers to the Perfect Paperback edition.

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  • Paperback: 393 pages
  • Publisher: People's Medical Publishing House; 3 Pap/Cdr edition (February 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1607951630
  • ISBN-13: 978-1607951636
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,103,461 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good statistics book August 24, 2008
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This book explains statistics in an entertaining way, altough, you must need to know some math to understand it better, the way the authors write is funny and is good for learning and teaching at the same time.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Two Versions of Book One Without SPSS April 22, 2010
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The book is simple minded and easy to understand without the complicated math. But there are two versions of the book. One comes with a bonus disk with SPSS. The other does not come with any disk at all. So you have to be sure you know what you are getting. Unfortunately I wanted the bonus disk with SPSS but I got the book without it. So I am stuck.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Biostatistics: The Bare Essentials February 6, 2011
By Jana
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Love this book! I have used this more than any other statistics texts on my shelf! Arrived in excellent condition, in the time frame promised. The disc enclosed cannot be used with a Mac computer, however.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as others December 16, 2011
By Tesla
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I did learn some statistics from this book, but I found Rosner's Fundamentals of Biostatistics to be more useful and easier to understand.

- They do a decent job of explaining some difficult concepts

- If you don't like textbooks that try to liven-up dry subject matter with humor, then you will hate this book. These guys go overboard.
- The humor is mostly crude and I found it distracting more than anything.
- Often times they will introduce a formula, then give no example of it being used. Rosner does a good job of following up formulas and concepts with well written examples.
- I often spent a lot of time trying to grasp a topic in this book, only to find, when I opened up Rosner, I could figure it out quickly.
- Lots of unnecessary writing (mostly related to their attempts at humor)

Intuitive Biostatistics by Motolsky is also good if you are only interested in learning broad concepts. It does not delve into the math.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
By R. Pett
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The authors describe stats in a very humorous and unique way keeping my attention as I read through what is a potentially very dry subject. Some examples are using z-score test to see if a product such as "mangro" is statistically significant in growing you know what and using ANOVA to compare various condom brands to see if anything is statistically significant. The authors have some sort of sick humor, but it gets the point across and keeps me up as I read it. My only negative about the book is I would like to have more example problems in the back that I could work out. There are some at the end of every chapter, but only about 5. To really get some of these complex statistical tests down, I felt I needed a bigger variety of tests.
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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A true perl! November 16, 2008
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This book is a rare perl in a field known for its dryness and impenetrability. Not only is it short, very practical and very understandable, it is also one of few statistical titles where you will find yourself laughing out loud every few pages. Amazing and delightful!
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is my favorite Biostat book April 30, 2014
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This is my favorite Biostat book. It covers everything that I and most medical scientists and readers would need. It is clear and understandable. Most importantly, it is very readable. Unlike other statistics books it is FUNNY! This makes it fun to read, of course, and, if you read it, you learn. I bought this copy as a gift for a trainee.
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2.0 out of 5 stars So awkward April 23, 2014
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I had to buy this book for a biostats class in pharmacy school. It does a decent job explaining concepts, but sometimes it was hard to follow. Honestly, I really didn't care for the crude humor. I don't mind those kinds of jokes, but they were just awkward, not funny. My teacher found many other subjects to use as analogies to explain concepts, but apparently this guy thought it would be "cool" to talk about penises all the time (no joke). It's fine if you want to joke about that kind of stuff when you're at a bar with good friends, but not in a textbook that's used in professional programs.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A funny statistics book?
This is a great book. It's clear and it keeps your attention through humor and with many examples. It's a great resource for a clinician who wants a better understanding of... Read more
Published 8 months ago by John Brush
4.0 out of 5 stars Good summary
The book does a good job of laying out the topics in simple terms without a lot of excess. The humor is helpful. Use it to lay a foundation or to reference quickly. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Brian Coburn
3.0 out of 5 stars Biostats
Book is not that helpful with cut and dry concepts and calculations, but it does contain entertaining input from the authors throughout... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Name
4.0 out of 5 stars Unique book, different take, but not for the novice
I teach biostatistics. When I was in graduate school this book was a godsend to me and was THE source I referred to over and over (and still do). Read more
Published on December 5, 2011 by Marge
2.0 out of 5 stars Unfunny and unhelpful
The authors of this book say the are trying to make statistics fun and easy to understand. I don't think they achieve either of their goals. Read more
Published on September 11, 2011 by Andrew St. Pierre
1.0 out of 5 stars Distracted by Bad Jokes
There is as much bad comedy in this book as there is teaching about statistics. Many of the jokes are in poor taste -- chapters revolving entirely around examples about penis size... Read more
Published on August 8, 2011 by erdoc
4.0 out of 5 stars Handy Book
It is a good book with not too much mathematics but language is little tough for those who are not native english speakers. Also I could not find video lectures on the CD- Rom. Read more
Published on October 3, 2010 by RMalik
4.0 out of 5 stars If you need SPSS, buy the version with it included
As usual the order process and service through Amazon is exceptional. I have strongly recommended to my granddaughters. Read more
Published on September 5, 2010 by Gene Keane
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent buyer
The book is in a brand new condition and ship very fast. Excellent buyer.
Published on August 28, 2010 by A. Puwanant
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