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Biostatistics: An Introductory Text

Lester S. King, MD
JAMA. 1964;189(7):591. doi:10.1001/jama.1964.03070070063037.
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All too rarely does an author have clearly in mind the specific audience for whom he is writing, a precise formulation of what he is trying to convey, and at the same time substantial expository skill. Dr. Goldstein, however, with this new text, should be welcomed into that select group of authors.

The present volume had its inception when the author began to teach principles of biostatistics to pharmacology students. With prolonged experience he has evolved a text which tries to provide an understanding of statistical principles as applied to biology. Dr. Goldstein does not try to give a "systematic mastery of its mathematical basis." Instead, he proceeds on the view that the student "must be shown when, where, and how the tools can best be used, and in a general way why they work. He does not have to know how the tools were fashioned, nor even the proofs

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