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The word "epidemiology" in the title of this book is confusing as the amount of information on epidemiology is slight compared to that on biostatistics. In fact, after a one-sentence definition of epidemiology on p. 72, the authors state: "It is beyond the scope of this book to elaborate on the definition and purposes of epidemiology." Attempting to describe statistical procedures used in epidemiologic research without explaining basic epidemiologic methods and terms is of limited value unless this effort is linked to additional material on epidemiology.
Part 1, entitled "Background" actually deals with descriptive statistics and distributions. In Part 2,
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Basic Biostatistics in Medicine and Epidemiology.. Ann Intern Med. 1981;94:284. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-94-2-284_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1981;94(2):284.
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