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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good
I'm pretty new to statistics and bought this book to help write up a 2 year research project.
It is actually easier to read than some of the other reviewers suggested. It is a little old-fashioned in its language (but what's wrong with that? I didn't want a book written by a teenager!!). The examples for the tests are enormously helpful and generally make the point...
Published on 6 Oct. 2008 by W. M. S. Foster

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This book is often recommended to biologists and clinicians undertaking clinical research. Although it does contain pretty much everything you need to know in order to design and analyse a study, it is not the sort of book that is easy to read cover to cover. The language is heavy going and old fashioned.

For complete beginners, I would have to recommend Primer...
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Another point of view, 21 Mar. 2007
This review is from: Practical Statistics for Medical Research (Chapman & Hall/CRC Texts in Statistical Science) (Hardcover)
This book is often recommended to biologists and clinicians undertaking clinical research. Although it does contain pretty much everything you need to know in order to design and analyse a study, it is not the sort of book that is easy to read cover to cover. The language is heavy going and old fashioned.

For complete beginners, I would have to recommend Primer Of Biostatistics by Stanton A Glantz. By using rather zany examples from the planet Mars, the reader does not get bogged down in all the medical terminology, unlike the examples in Altman. And it is a book you can sit down anywhere (on the bus or tube) and continue where you left off.

To summarise: If you are a medical student who needs to pass a test in medical statistics, go for Glantz. If you are starting some research and have no knowledge of medical statistics, go for Glantz. If your budget allows, get Altman for reference (otherwise borrow it from your library, or someone who gave up trying to read it).
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, 6 Oct. 2008
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W. M. S. Foster "Will" (Winchester, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Practical Statistics for Medical Research (Chapman & Hall/CRC Texts in Statistical Science) (Hardcover)
I'm pretty new to statistics and bought this book to help write up a 2 year research project.
It is actually easier to read than some of the other reviewers suggested. It is a little old-fashioned in its language (but what's wrong with that? I didn't want a book written by a teenager!!). The examples for the tests are enormously helpful and generally make the point succinctly.
It is reasonably detailed and comprehensive, but I do think one needs this kind of detail for understanding stats. I don't think there is much I would cut out of this book.
Overall I found it a good reference but it's actually pretty easy to read sequentially to try to understand the subject before undertaking analysis of ones own.
I also bought Primer of Biostatistics (Glantz) as recommended by one of the other reviewers but personally I haven't found that book so useful as Altman.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful - practical, easy language, good advice, 25 April 1999
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Altman addressess the questions and difficulties met in every-day practice of medical statistics in a clear, very practical style. Useful by those (eg clinicians) new to statistical analyses, and also to statisticians venturing into an area in which they've not been much before. As a single 'best' book for everyday analyses, this is it!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 20 April 1999
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An excellent textbook for non-statisticians undertaking medical research. Only criticims is it is a little thin on multivariate analysis and meta-analysis.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the title says it all, 15 Dec. 1999
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it is without doubt the best beginners guide to statistics in medical research. introduction and explanations are easy to read and follow. as someone new to research this book is never far from me.
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2.0 out of 5 stars probably serves a purpose, only not mine, 13 Jun. 2012
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I'm not so sure about this book - it looks dated and there's plenty of good competitors out there. Doesn't do the basics, just some applications - I'd look elsewhere.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 23 Oct. 2014
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very satisfied with the purchase and in excellent condition.
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent, 7 Mar. 2015
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Excellent condition. Excellent book
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