This almost 350 page paperback is a second edition and is dated 2013 so this volume is bang-up-to-date.
The size of the book is a lot easier to read from then most medical textbooks but the inside lacks colour. Whilst there are a great number of flow charts, graphs, tables, etc, the black and white nature doesn't draw the reader in.
However, the headings and subheadings make it very easy to find the information you're looking for, allowing the book to be used as a reference guide. With a good index of subjects and sections at the front as well as the standard index at the back, you will find what you want in this book quickly.
The book takes the medic through a process of discussing how data may be gathered, interpreted and considered. It also discusses using new methods and evaluating their risks and effectiveness.
There are chapters on differential diagnosis, probability, Bayes' theorem, the accuracy of tests and measuring outcomes. There is also a discussion of the cost effectiveness of tests and treatments.
This book is well written and readable, yet it is constructed in a purely academic style. A greater consideration of drawing the eye to the page and making them more interesting and colourful would have been a plus.
It is an important area of medicine but the book covers a lot of medical statistics, beyond the level of a medical undergraduate, but good for reference and a more academically suited mind.
A useful text for any medics bookshelf.