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From   "Airey, David C" <david.airey@Vanderbilt.Edu>
To   "statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu" <statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu>
Subject   st: textbooks for introductory biostatistics with Stata
Date   Thu, 18 Feb 2010 16:15:05 -0600

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We're looking for a good introductory level biostatistics textbook, more appropriate for biomedical graduate students in the basic sciences (pharmacology, physiology, neuroscience, etc.) who will likely collect experimental data sets.

I was reviewing a couple that seemed interesting:

Biostatistics: The Bare Essentials (The humor in this book is extremely funny).
Biometry by Sokal and Rohlf, 4th edition (Due out in October. The third edition was a favorite of mine in graduate school.)
Intuitive Biostatistics, 2nd edition. (More conceptual, but lots of good stuff)

I think Bill Dupont's text and also Eric Vittinghoff's text are both excellent, but not for students with little or no exposure to statistics. Sadly, it still seems that biology programs don't make statistics required as often as social science programs, so we get graduate students with little background.

Anyway, if you have favorites you use in your intro courses for our target audience, let me know. They should be accessible for self-study too.

Thank you.
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