11 Best Books on Biostatistics

We have compiled a list of Best Reference Books on Biostatistics. These books are used by students of top universities, institutes and colleges. Here is the full list of Biostatistics books with their authors, publishers, and an unbiased review of them. This will help you choose the right book depending on if you are a beginner or an expert in this topic. We have also provided amazon links to purchase these books from their website.

1."An Introduction to Medical Statistics" by Martin Bland
“An Introduction to Medical Statistics” Book Review: This textbook deals with statistical work that would be required for a course in medicine. It addresses the design of clinical trials and epidemiological studies, data collection, summarizing and presenting data, probability, standard error, confidence intervals and significance tests, techniques of data analysis including multifactorial methods and the choice of statistical method, problems of medical measurement and diagnosis, vital statistics, and calculation of sample size. It also covers topics such as consent in clinical trials, design and analysis of cluster-randomized trials, ecological studies, conditional probability, repeated testing, random effects models, intraclass correlation, and conditional odds ratios. It makes a resolute use of medical data and real life examples. The book is supplemented with an abundant number of multiple choice questions and mathematical problems which can help students prepare for examinations and improve their understanding.

2."Mathematics and Statistics for the Biosciences" by G Eason
3."Biostatistics For Dummies" by John Pezzullo
“Biostatistics For Dummies” Book Review: The text serves as a reference guide in biostatistics and its applications in a number of fields such as medicine, epidemiology, forestry, agriculture, bioinformatics, and public health. The textbook covers some of the broad areas involving biostatistics such as safety and effectiveness of drugs hitting the market, causes of autism, risk factors of cardiovascular disease, variations in the risk factors for men and women and different ethnic groups etc. The book is written in a clear, simple and lucid format with detailed explanations of techniques and examples. It eases up the complexity of the subject for those who have just begun in the field and undergraduate students in this field in general.

4."Biostatistics for the Biological and Health Sciences" by Marc M Triola and Mario F Triola
5."Clinical Biostatistics and Epidemiology Made Ridiculously Simple" by Ann Weaver and Stephen Goldberg
“Clinical Biostatistics and Epidemiology Made Ridiculously Simple” Book Review: This textbook discusses the concepts of clinical biostatistics with the help of real world clinical examples. It emphasizes on concepts while reducing the mathematical complications. The coverage of the book includes concepts involving range, variance, and standard deviation, mean, median, and mode, kinds of graphs, kinds of data, Hypothesis testing, Inferential statistics, Descriptive statistics, Correlation and regression, one-tailed vs. two-tailed studies, Epidemiological tests, Nonparametric tests etc. The book covers terminology, research design and various statistical testing that can provide a solid base for clear approach to interpreting medical research reports.

6."Biostatistics: The Bare Essentials" by Geoffrey R Norman and David L Sreiner
“Biostatistics: The Bare Essentials” Book Review: This textbook presents a culmination of valuable contributions from various physicians, surgeons, researchers, professors and experts in medical science. The book is divided into three main sections: Salient Healing Features of Specific Tissues of the Face and Neck, Clinical Problems and Issues of Healing Tissues, and Therapeutic Options. Each of these sections contains various chapters covering topics such as Facial Bones, Wound Healing of the Skin, Larynx, Trachea and Subglottis, Burned Facial Skin, Irradiated Soft Tissue Wounds, Vocal Fold Scar etc. The third section specifically discusses the therapeutic concepts such as Wound Debridement, Blood Products in Wound Healing, Controlling Infections etc.

7."Essential Biostatistics: A Nonmathematical Approach" by Harvey Motulsky
“Essential Biostatistics: A Nonmathematical Approach” Book Review: This textbook provides a clear, concise and non-mathematical approach to statistical thinking. The textbook contains a total of twenty six chapters covering the various aspects and concepts of Biostatistics. This includes Simple Linear Regression, Correlation, Outliners, Normality Tests, Statistical Power and Sample Size, Multiple Comparisons, Statistical Significance and Hypothesis Testing, Comparing Groups with P values, Comparing Groups with Confidence Intervals, Confidence Interval of a Mean, The Lognormal Distribution and Geometric Mean etc. Each chapter has four end sections: Lingo, Common Mistakes, Q & A, and Chapter Summary. These sections can help the readers brush up their concepts and get a good hold of the ideas discussed.

8."Intuitive Biostatistics: A Nonmathematical Guide to Statistical Thinking" by Harvey Motulsky
“Intuitive Biostatistics: A Nonmathematical Guide to Statistical Thinking” Book Review: This textbook is a longer version of another textbook by the same author. Therefore it can serve as a supplement or a next level to the concepts covered in the previous book. It is divided into nine parts namely Introducing Statistics, Confidence Intervals, Continuous Variables, P Values and Significance, Challenges in Statistics, Statistical Tools, and Fitting Models on Data, The Rest of Statistics and Putting It All Together. These nine parts cohesively build on the concepts of biostatistics with emphasis on conceptual thinking ability rather than mathematics. Each section has special examples, review problems and answers to those review problems for practice.

9."Modern Issues and Methods in Biostatistics (Statistics for Biology and Health)" by Mark Chang
“Modern Issues and Methods in Biostatistics (Statistics for Biology and Health)” Book Review: This book is for researchers, biostatisticians/statisticians, and scientists who are interested in quantitative analyses. It introduces modern methods in biostatistics and helps researchers and students easily understand key concepts and methods. The book provides analyses to the speed of development in methodology, high-level complexity of data, advancements in computer technology, the rapid growth of life science data and engagement in the application fields. It also provides applications of statistics in public health, the life sciences, and the pharmaceutical industry.

10."Estimating Animal Abundance: Closed Populations (Statistics for Biology and Health)" by D L Borchers and Stephen T Buckland
“Estimating Animal Abundance: Closed Populations (Statistics for Biology and Health)” Book Review: This book includes introduction to the many various wildlife assessment methods. The book also accompanies user-friendly software to get some hands-on experience with the methods and how they perform in different contexts. The book contents include using likelihood for estimation, plot sampling, catch-effort and change-in-ratio, distance sampling, dealing with heterogeneity, etc. This book is for students and professionals in the fields of statistics, biology and ecology.

11."Practical Statistics for Field Biology" by Jim Fowler and Lou Cohen
“Practical Statistics for Field Biology” Book Review: This book provides the principles and methods of statistical analysis in the life sciences. This book includes the more advanced method of multivariate analysis and describes the techniques of principal components analysis, cluster analysis, and discriminant analysis with biological examples. This book also has an appendix that describes the statistical computing packages available and has also been included. This book will be extremely useful to undergraduates studying ecology, biology, and earth and environmental sciences and of interest to postgraduates who are not familiar with the application of multivariate techniques and practicing field biologists working in these areas.

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