Dicing with Death: Chance, Risk and Health

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Cambridge University Press, Nov 20, 2003 - Mathematics - 251 pages
If 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 our health and/or life. Stephen Senn has been a Professor of Pharmaceutical and Health Statistics at the University College of London since 1995. In 2001 he won George C. Challis Award of the University of Florida for contributions to biostatistics. Senn's previous two books are Statistical Issues in Drug Development (Wiley, 1997) and Cross-over Trials in Clinical Research (Wiley, 1993). He is the member of seven editorial boards including Statistics in Medicine and Pharmaceutical Statistics.

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I like this book, but I can only give it a low star rating. It's a complex subject, but well handled by the author. The problem is the number of typos! I studied this book as part of an Open ... Read full review

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Circling the square
The diceman cometh
Trials of life
Of dice and men
Sex and the single patient
A hale view of pills
Times tables
A dip in the pool
The things that bug us
The Law is a ass
The empire of the sum

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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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