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Biostatistics: The Bare Essentials [Perfect Paperback]

Geoffrey R. Norman , David L. Streiner
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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Feb. 1 2008 1550093479 978-1550093476 3
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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Geoffrey Norman PhD Professor, Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatics McMaster University Hamilton, Ontario

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


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great experience Sept. 16 2012
By Erin
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The book is very detailed. It's a great start to biostatistics although the SpSS content wasn't as in depth as I'd like. Nothing about the outputs and how to interpret them.

A great explanation of the basics though. And funny as hell :)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Timely and as stated Jan. 21 2014
By Sunj
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The product arrived on time. It contains a CD but it is not the actual SPSS software CD.
Go for it if you need a basic essential textbook for Bio-statistics.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Makes Biostats Fun Oct. 1 2012
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The authors use easy to understand language and a lot of humour to teach some complex concepts and formulae. It is really enjoyable to read and easy to translate the knowledge to real-world data sets and calculations.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Horribly made book - good content - UPDATE May 28 2008
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I bought the third edition of this book for my own use, but my wife has a copy of the second edition. The physical difference between the books is astonishing.

If they cut any more corners on the production of this book they'd be shipping frisbees.

The third edition has a massive gluing flaw on the CD bound inside the front cover, making the cover a wrinkled mess. Inside it is worse - it appears to be a bad inkjet copy of the second edition, with cheap paper and no colour. Needless to say this makes the graphs and the breakout notes look like crap. I am very disappointed with this book.

The content seems fine, but reading a book with production values this low is a significant chore.

UPDATE
The publisher has responded to my criticism of the print quality of the book by offering to send me the *real* version - I apparently have a print-on-demand copy necessitated by a problem with their regular printer. This is obviously a very satisfactory resolution to the problem. As a sidebar, not all print-on-demand books have poor quality, but this one sure did.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good statistics book Aug. 24 2008
By Yuri Vostok - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
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
By Leonard Mayer - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as others Dec 16 2011
By Tesla - Published on Amazon.com
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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.

Pros:
- They do a decent job of explaining some difficult concepts

Cons:
- 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.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Biostatistics: The Bare Essentials Feb. 6 2011
By Jana - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars So awkward April 23 2014
By lauradiddle - Published on Amazon.com
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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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