The Resource Dicing with death : chance, risk, and health, Stephen Senn

Dicing with death : chance, risk, and health, Stephen Senn

Label
Dicing with death : chance, risk, and health
Title
Dicing with death
Title remainder
chance, risk, and health
Statement of responsibility
Stephen Senn
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"Statisticians are engaged in exhausting but exhilarating struggle with the biggest challenge that philosophy makes to science: how do we translate information into knowledge? Statistics tells us how to evaluate evidence, how to design experiments, how to turn data into decisions, how much credence should be given to whom to what and why, how to reckon chances and when to take them. Statistics deals with the very essence of the universe: chance and contingency are its discourse and statisticians know the vocabulary. 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 on our health and even life."--Jacket
Cataloging source
N$T
Dewey number
610/.7/27
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
RA407
LC item number
.S46 2003eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
  • statistics
Label
Dicing with death : chance, risk, and health, Stephen Senn
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 231-244) and index
http://library.link/vocab/branchCode
  • net
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Circling the square -- The diceman cometh -- Trials of life -- Of dice and men -- Sex and the single patient -- A hale view of pills -- Time's tables -- A dip in the pool -- The things that bug us -- The law is a ass -- The empire of the sun
Control code
ocm57509170
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xii, 251 pages)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780521540230
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Other physical details
illustrations
Quality assurance targets
unknown
http://library.link/vocab/recordID
.b36200955
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (OCoLC)57509170
  • acaebk0511078838

Library Locations

    • Deakin University Library - Geelong Waurn Ponds CampusBorrow it
      75 Pigdons Road, Waurn Ponds, Victoria, 3216, AU
      -38.195656 144.304955
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