Dicing with Death
Chance, Risk and Health
By (author) Stephen S. Senn
Dicing with Death by Stephen S. Senn
Book DescriptionIf you think that statistics has nothing to say about what you do or how you could do it better, then you are either wrong or in need of a more interesting job. Stephen Senn explains here how statistics determines many decisions about medical care, from allocating resources for health, to determining which drugs to license, to cause-and-effect in relation to disease. He tackles big themes: clinical trials and the development of medicines, life tables, vaccines and their risks or lack of them, smoking and lung cancer and even the power of prayer. He entertains with puzzles and paradoxes and covers the lives of famous statistical pioneers. By the end of the book the reader will see how reasoning with probability is essential to making rational decisions in medicine, and how and when it can guide us when faced with choices that impact on our health and even life.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521540230
(228mm x 152mm x 19mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 20-Nov-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Stephen S. Senn
Statistical Issues in Drug Development, Hardback (January 2008)
There are many books on medical statistics that explain to the physician how to calculate various common statistics and how to perform various tests. Many of them present a simplified and distorted view of statistics, which gives no impression of the philosophical difficulties that the science has to confront.
Cross-over Trials in Clinical Research, Hardback (July 2002)» View all books by Stephen S. Senn
This text look at cross-over trials which are experiments in which subjects, whether patients or healthy volunteers, are each given a number of treatments with the object being to study the differences between these treatments. They are used extensively in clinical research.
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Author Biography - Stephen S. Senn
Stephen Senn is a medical statistician with a varied career in industry, public health and academia. He has won the Bradford Hill medal of the Royal Statistical Society and the George C. Challis prize of the University of Florida. Senn is an honorary life member of ISCB and PSI and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.
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