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  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; Second Edition edition (Feb. 3 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199730067
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199730063
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 2.5 x 15.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 658 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #184,368 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"This splendid book meets a major need in public health, medicine, and biomedical research training--a user-friendly biostatistics text for non-mathematicians that clearly explains how to make sense of statistical results and how to avoid being confused by statistical nonsense. You may enjoy statistics for the first time!" --Gilbert S. Omenn, Professor of Medicine, Genetics, Public Health, and Computational Medicine and Bioinformatics, University of Michigan

About the Author

Harvey Motulsky previously held a faculty position in the Department of Pharmacology at the University of California San Diego. Currently, founder of GraphPad Software, Inc.

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Explains statistical concepts effectively and in simple terms. I would recommend to any one who wants yo improve his/ her knowledge without the need of advance maths
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Excellent book for understanding statistics June 29 2012
By Tatsiana Aneichyk - Published on
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I studied statistics nearly all my life, and even then, this book was an enlightenment to me. I would recommend it not only to biostatistocians, but also for other fields where statistics is heavily used.

I bought this book as a recommendation from my supervisor, who owns a previous edition. But after I started reading it, and tell him the concepts, and why our data looked like it did, and why we did not get significant results or why we did get it, and whats a true meaning of t-statistics, and the theory behind confidence intervals, we decided to compare the versions, and we realized that first edition was way more formal and mathematical. So now he ordered this new addition too.

There are nearly no formulas in the book, it is very easy to read from head to tail. It's almost like reading a novel!

I am already half way through and I am very looking forward for the next chapter, which in fact never happened to me when reading a scientific material. Also, Q&A section is very nice, where you can check your understanding of concepts, or just see the correct answers to tricky questions.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Intuitive Biostatistics: A Life Saver! July 17 2012
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I'm a retired cancer researcher (molecular biology) turned biomedical writer/editor. My use of statistics (and increasing ignorance thereof) was limited, because, in general, if an experiment didn't yield at least a 10x difference, we threw it out. Now I can't do my job without knowing biostatistics. Moltulsky's book has been enormously helpful in teaching me the basics of biostatistics and enabling me to evaluate manuscripts for correct use of statistical terms and methods. Previously I used (and still do) Motulsky's manual for his GraphPad software, the AMA Manual online, and, of course, the internet. The only problem with the book is that a digital version isn't available. However, as the author pointed out to me, you can search the book to some extent on its product page. Finally, the author's immediately available via email. This is a terrific resource and value!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Outstanding Sept. 8 2011
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This is a wonderful book that clearly and creatively explains some difficult epidemiologic and biostatistical concepts. As a practicing epidemiologist I find this book an invaluable reference. A must have for any graduate student in public health.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
excellent for clinicians Sept. 10 2010
By Tesla - Published on
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First off, if you do not want to pay $50 for this book, search the Internet for used copies of the 1st edition. I got mine for $13 at Barnes and Nobles. I have not read the 2nd edition, but I doubt much has changed in statistics over the last 15 years so I assume they are pretty much the same.

This is an excellent review for clinicians who read a lot of journals and clinical trials. I've read other statistics books and they tend to be written more for students who have to perform calculations on tests. This book sticks more to concepts and stays away from formulas - most of which only mathematicians would truly understand. After reading this book, I feel I can better evaluate a clinical trial.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Excellent biostatistics book for clinicians Jan. 2 2012
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In the everyday lives of physicians, interpreting scientific work is crucial. A great deal of doctors are involved in clinical research. Biostatistics is, however, by some considered difficult and thus repels some physicians from conducting research. The present book gives an excellent introductory text on statistics. The number of equations are kept to a minimum, and the emphasis is on understanding statistics. As a physician, I would certainly recommend this book to my colleagues.