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Statistics with Confidence.
  1. A R HART, Consultant Gastroenterologist
  1. West Norwich Hospital, Norwich, UK

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    Statistics with Confidence. 2nd Ed. Edited by Douglas G Altman, David Machin, Trevor N Bryant, and Martin J Gardner. (Pp 240; £18.95.) BMJ Books, 2000. ISBN 0-7279-1375-1.****

    This book is written by senior statisticians with a wealth of experience in both statistical research and teaching. The first section of the book deals with the different statistical methods including means, medians, proportions, confidence intervals, sample sizes, regression, correlation, and meta-analyses. The second section details useful information on statistical guidelines for contributing to medical journals including the selection of the appropriate tests and presentation and interpretation of results. The final part is a reference section on notation, software for analysis, and statistical tables. A disk is included for calculating confidence intervals.

    This book is well written and understandable covering the range of basic to advanced statistics. The text is very well illustrated with worked examples and references. The book will be invaluable to all health professionals wishing to start medical research and as a reference source for more experienced workers. The book and included disk is good value at £18.95.

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