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Senn, Stephen. Dicing with Death

“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.”

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Year: 2003
ISBN-10: 0521540232

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Most books about medical statistics are ‘unreadable’ – either being intended as primers to teach you, or once taught, to act as a reference and recipe book. This book is different and using only the minimum of basic mathematics takes you to fascinating corners of medical statistics – providing historical and technical insights on the way. It’s very well written, never condescends and is really engaging. Five statistical stars from me for this one.

Lupton, D. Medicine as Culture

The Second Edition of Medicine as Culture provides a broad overview of the way medicine is experienced, perceived and socially constructed in western societies. Drawing on the tradition of the sociology of health and illness, Deborah Lupton directs readers to an understanding of medicine, health care, illness and disease from a sociocultural perspective.

Author: Lupton, Deborah
Title: Medicine as Culture
Publisher: Sage
Year: 1994
ISBN: 0803989253

Jamison, Kay Redfield. Touched with Fire

The anguished and volatile intensity associated with the artistic temperament was once thought to be a symptom of genius or eccentricity peculiar to artists, writers and musicians. Kay Jamison’s work, based on her study as a clinical psychologist and researcher in mood disorders, reveals that many artists subject to exalted highs and despairing lows were in fact engaged in a struggle with clinically identifiable manic-depressive illness. Jamison presents proof of the biological foundations of this disease and applies what is known about the illness to the lives and works of some of the world’s greatest artists including Byron, Van Gogh, Schumann and Woolf.

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
Year:1996
ISBN-10:
068483183X