Probability without Equations
Concepts for Clinicians
By (author) Bart K. Holland
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Probability without Equations by Bart K. Holland
Book DescriptionAlthough few physicians, nurses, dentists, and other health professionals perform laboratory tests themselves, they all need to be able to interpret the results as well as understand findings reported in the medical literature. A general understanding of probability and statistics is essential for those needing to make daily decisions about the significance of research data, drug interaction precautions, or a patient's positive laboratory test for a rare disease. Written with these needs in mind, Probability without Equations offers a thorough explanation of the subject without overwhelming the reader with equations and footnotes. Award-winning teacher Bart Holland presents a nontechnical treatment of intuitive concepts and presents numerous examples from medical research and practice. In plain language, this book explains the topics that clinicians need to understand: * Analysis of variance * "P-values" and the "t-test" * Hazard models * Regression and correlations * Alpha and beta errors "The Nobel prize-winning physicist Ernest Rutherford was fond of saying that if you need statistics to analyze the results of an experiment, you don't have a very good experiment. In a way he was right. However, a recurrent problem in medicine is that in a certain sense you commonly don't have a good experiment-but not because medical research scientists are generally incompetent! The nature of the data they work with is simply not as predictable as the data in some other fields, so the predictive nature of findings in medical science is generally rather imperfect."-from the introduction
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780801857607
(216mm x 140mm x 7mm)
Imprint: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publish Date: 10-Dec-1997
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Bart K. Holland
Exposed!, Hardback (August 2009)
Holland, this persuasively argued and firmly scientific book exposes some of history's most persistent bamboozling. Be forewarned, you may never be taken in again!
Epidemics Laid Low, Paperback (May 2006)
Epidemics continue to threaten us today. What do our responses to these threats say about our priorities? Will the security of public health remain a privilege of a few powerful countries or will poorer countries benefit from the efforts of the rich to prevent the spread of disease inside their own borders?
What are the Chances?, Hardback (June 2002)» View all books by Bart K. Holland
Whether you have only a distant recollection of high school algebra or use differential equations every day, this book offers examples of the impact of chance that will amuse and astonish.
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Author Biography - Bart K. Holland
Bart K. Holland is a consultant in probability and statistics for medical applications and has been involved with the design and analysis of many clinical trials. He has also taught probability, biostatistics, and epidemiology for more than ten years at the New Jersey Medical School, where he is an associate professor in the Department of Preventive Medicine and Community Health. His lectures have won him the medical school's award for outstanding teaching.
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