"Blackwell Publishing is delighted to announce that this book has
been Highly Commended in the 2004 BMA Medical Book Competition.
Here is the judges' summary of this book: "
""This is a technical book on a technical subject but presented
in a delightful way. There are many books on statistics for doctors
but there are few that are excellent and this is certainly one of
them. Statistics is not an easy subject to teach or write about.
The authors have succeeded in producing a book that is as good as
it can get. For the keen student who does not want a book for
mathematicians, this is an excellent first book on medical
"Essential Medical Statistics" is a classic amongst medical
statisticians. An introductory textbook, it presents statistics
with a clarity and logic that demystifies the subject, while
providing a comprehensive coverage of advanced as well as basic
The second edition of "Essential Medical Statistics" has been
comprehensively revised and updated to include modern statistical
methods and modern approaches to statistical analysis, while
retaining the approachable and non-mathematical style of the first
edition. The book now includes full coverage of the most commonly
used regression models, multiple linear regression, logistic
regression, Poisson regression and Cox regression, as well as a
chapter on general issues in regression modelling. In addition, new
chapters introduce more advanced topics such as meta-analysis,
likelihood, bootstrapping and robust standard errors, and analysis
of clustered data.
Aimed at students of medical statistics, medical researchers,
public health practitioners andpractising clinicians using
statistics in their daily work, the book is designed as both a
teaching and a reference text. The format of the book is clear with
highlighted formulae and worked examples, so that all concepts are
presented in a simple, practical and easy-to-understand way. The
second edition enhances the emphasis on choice of appropriate
methods with new chapters on strategies for analysis and measures
of association and impact.
"Essential Medical Statistics" is supported by a web site at
www.blackwellpublishing.com/essentialmedstats. This useful online
resource provides statistical datasets to download, as well as
sample chapters and future updates.
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