Dicing with Death

Stephen Senn (https://www.lih.lu/page/research-group-senn) explains here how statistics determine many decisions about medical care. This ranges 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. The author entertains with puzzles and paradoxes and covers the lives of famous statistical pioneers.


The reader is persuaded 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 our lives themselves.


Check if this fascinating title on biostatistics is in stock at your local library by consulting the online catalogue at https://www.sllclibrary.co.uk/cgi-bin/spydus.exe/MSGTRN/OPAC/BSEARCH



264 pages in Cambridge University Press

First published 2003

ISBN  978-0521832595


Professor Stephen Senn


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