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Principles of Biostatistics (with CD-ROM) [Hardcover]

by Marcello Pagano, Kimberlee Gauvreau
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March 9, 2000 0534229026 978-0534229023 2
Marcello Pagano and Kimberlee Gauvreau's PRINCIPLES OF BIOSTATISTICS, Second Edition is a concepts-based introduction to statistical procedures that prepares public health, medical, and life sciences students to conduct and evaluate research. With an engaging writing style and helpful graphics, the emphasis is on concepts over formulas or rote memorization. Throughout the book, the authors use practical, interesting examples with real data to bring the material to life.

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"I like the approach taken by these authors. The data examples are timely and fit well into a Public Health format...The statistical graphics are well handled in this text."

Product Details

  • Series: Principles of Biostatistics
  • Hardcover: 592 pages
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning; 2 edition (March 9, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0534229026
  • ISBN-13: 978-0534229023
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 7.6 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #86,558 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Social scientists beware - research other options December 3, 2004
I'm a postdoctoral level biomedical researcher who has used many other biostatistics books before. This book is currently used for entry-level biostatistics at my School of Public Health. The bonus is that this book is geared towards epidemiology (eg, there is a chapter on rates and standardization), and I liked the CDROM that comes with the book and contains datasets.

Unfortunately, the authors have chosen to derive many key concepts from probability theory. This is fine if you are comfortable with probability concepts. However, most students with background in social sciences are not: thus I found that this approach often adds an unnecessary level of complexity.

Most of the examples are long-winded, dragging on from page to page - flipping back and forth is extremely frustrating, and the layout makes it difficult to grasp what the point of each example is. Also, the long-winded style makes this book a poor desk reference if you just quickly need to check a formula or definition. Sadly I have to say that I very rarely use this $100 book - there are plenty of more accessible and succinct entry-level texts that cost a fraction of this volume. And yes, Google is better learning tool than this book.
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38 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars another fine introductory biostatistics book February 12, 2008
Like Rosner's book by the same publisher, this text is an introductory text by Harvard professors who teach medical students. It seems to be in competition with Rosner's book which makes me wonder why the same publisher is publishing them both. The style is different but the market and level of the two books seem to be the same. Both texts include diskettes with data for PCs. Both books are well written and cover mostly the same topics. The Pagano text seems to go into a little more detail on contingency tables and survival analysis. Both contain lists of valuable references.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars the "never again" book for biostatistics December 14, 2004
Let me just start by saying I really like math, but this book did not help me to learn biostatistics at all. It doesn't explain the issues and equations very well and it has absolutly no answers in the back to check with yours, that's a whole other book...and that only has answers to the odds. Perhaps this would be a decent book for anyone who already has a handle on the subject and wants to learn more, but if this is your first exposure to biostatistics, like me, try another source to learn from, this book makes a difficult subject near impossible.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sufficient September 26, 2010
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This book is the gold standard in my department (Public Health at the Uni of Utah), but I'm not overly impressed. At times it is concise to a fault. I think there could be a few more examples and more general information about application of these operations in the real world.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not good for reference April 24, 2012
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This book is one of the worst math books I've ever encountered. The book is written in a flow of consciousness style, with explanations thrown into the middle of other explanations. When you sit through lecture explaining the same concepts, it would be nice to use the book as reference to flip through, glance at, and touch up on areas you are weak, but with this book, you're forced to read pages of text just to find what you're looking for.

Ideas and concepts are organized into sections, but the sections can span pages, so if you find the equation you're looking for on one page, the variables and concepts contained within it could be contained in other equations and paragraphs on 1-3 pages before it.

Overall, not a good reference book, just horrible. Don't buy this book unless it's required for your course and homework is assigned out of it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Mostly frustrating December 19, 2009
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This could have been a great text. The chapter writing is detailed and provides interesting examples so that you understand the formulas and concepts being presented. Then you get to the problem sets, and half of the problems seem to have been written for a different textbook. I spent more time trying to figure out what was being asked of me then I did actually solving problems. And then there is the CD. The information on the text files is not properly formatted in a manner that is useful.

In the end, I was frustrated trying to learn from a text that makes language a barrier rather than a facilitator.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not for the intro-level Stat student March 30, 2008
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Bought this off Amazon for the cheapest price for my intro Stat class. Overall, it wasn't that bad because my professor explained the topics in it very well, however, if not for her, the notes and explanation section in the book are much too verbose and lacking good, clear examples. For instance, my Calculus textbook notes section before chapter problems has at least 2-3 problems for every type in varying difficulty whereas this only has one explanation contained in paragraphs.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Worst. Book. Ever. May 9, 2012
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Purchased for my Principles of Biostatistics course... this is one of the WORST textbooks that I have ever encountered. the topics are almost near impossible to understand, numbers are not consistent in consecutive tables, etc. Whoever edited this book did not scrutinize it enough for continuity.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Purportedly comprehensive but found lacking
This Principles of Biostatistics book was a required reading/reference for a Biostatistics I class designed as an introductory course in probability and statistics for five majors... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Silverwing
1.0 out of 5 stars Horrible, horrible textbook
I purchased this textbook for my principles of biostatistics class at college. It is, hands down, the worst textbook I have ever encountered. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Scarlett28
4.0 out of 5 stars Good
A Good book
I found this book simple and easy to understand especially
for those starting their first step in statistics.thank you.
Published 14 months ago by Walid Nofal
5.0 out of 5 stars accompanies text
good source of exercises No one needs more words to read that don't say anything new. No one needs more words to read that don't say anything new.
Published 17 months ago by Mary B. Davison
5.0 out of 5 stars terrific tool
a excellent book, for student's posgrade is a excellent tools, its aplicattions in stata make it useful.
It is very simple, and presenting a lot of conceptual
Published on January 31, 2012 by jorgfe
3.0 out of 5 stars Better versions out there.
Required item for class. A regular statistics book would be much more useful, even when reporting biological data sets. Some of the graphs and data sets presented are confusing.
Published on September 21, 2011 by Wildlife Biologist
5.0 out of 5 stars Biostatistics Textbook
The book arrived on time. It was exactly the way the seller described it. I loved the reasonable price and was pleased with my purchase. Thank you!
Published on April 7, 2011 by meghna
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Biostatiistcs is not a subject that easily lends itself to descriptive and explanatory paragraphs. Yet, this author has done an excellent job of summarizing its foundations in a... Read more
Published on January 29, 2011 by llucy
3.0 out of 5 stars Doing exercise, don't just read through
This book make me think of standard matchmatic workbook in primary school era. It's great for reliablity and validity - ground important basics of biostatistics. Read more
Published on November 24, 2010 by gpatama
4.0 out of 5 stars would do business with again
Book arrived promptly in stated condition. Good service; would do business with this seller again.
Published on July 20, 2010 by Dr. Bayrd
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