Learning Objectives

  1. Define “Biostatistics”
  2. Describe the range of applications of biostatistics
  3. Identify situations in which statistics can be misleading.


The word ‘Statistics’ is derived from Latin word ‘Status’.  In German mythology the word ‘Statistik’ was used for the first time in political arrangement.  It was Ganfried Acheriwall who used first time this word in medical history.

Pierre C.A Louis (1787-1872), a pioneer of clinical statistics studied 77 patients of Pneumonia. He counted & compared the results of patients treated by ‘Blood Letting’ & concluded that early bleeding was associated with reduced Survival.

William Batesan & Gealton applied Mathematics to Evolution.

In 1959, Robert Ledley & Lee Lusted published-“Reasoning Foundations of Medical Diagnosis”. They were the first to provide a mathematical analysis of the reasoning process inherent in medical diagnosis.

Wilfrid Card & Jack Good (1973) wrote on “Mathematical Structure of Clinical Medicine” & “Logical Analysis of Medicine”.

Dr.Hahnemann also mention under the Foot Note of • 145 in his 6th edition of Organon of Medicine “The healing art  will then come the mathematical  sciences in certainty”

Statistic (singular)

A statistic (or datum ) is a single measure of some attribute of a sample.

e.g., figure  such  as height of one person, birth weight of  a baby,etc. [Etymology: L, status, condition]

Statistics [LL. statisticus] (plural)

Definition :

According to Taber Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary 20thEd

 The systematic collection, organization, analysis, interpretation and presentation of numerical data pertaining to any subject.

e.g.figures  such  as height  of 2 persons,   birth  weight  of 5 babies,  etc.

In simple word, “Statistics is a science of figures which deals with data in an experimental study”.

Biostatistics is a field dedicated to the precision, facts, observations, measurements, creation of  innovative theory and methods for study design, data analysis, and statistical inference, and the promotion of these methods as integral to interdisciplinary research in human health and the life sciences.

According to Webster

“Statistics are the classified facts representing the conditions of the people in a state especially those facts which can be stated in number or in a table of numbers or in any tabular or classified arrangement”.

According to Bowley

“Statistics is a numerical statement of facts in any department of enquiry placed in relation to each other”.

According to Horace Secrist

“By statistics we mean the aggregate of facts affected to a marked extend by multiplicity of causes, numerically expressed, enumerated or estimated according to reasonable standards of accuracy, collected in a systematic manner for a pre-determined purpose and placed in relation to each other.

According to Croxton and Cowden

“Statistics may be defined as a science of collection, presentation, analysis and interpretation of numerical data


In brief, statistics is a method of taking decision on the basis of numerical data properly collected, organized, presented, analyzed and interpreted.

Statistics is the art and science of data. It deals with

Biostatistics, What is Biostatistics,

  • Planning Research

  • Collecting Data

  • Describing Data

  • Summarizing- Presenting Data

  • Analyzing Data

  • Interpreting Results

  • Reaching decisions or

  • Planning Research

  • Collecting Data

  • Describing Data

  • Summarizing- Presenting Data

  • Analyzing Data

  • Interpreting Results

  • Reaching decisions or discovering new  knowledge

Biostatistics Definition

Biostatistics, What is Biostatistics,

 The application of statistical processes and methods to the analysis of biological data.


In Greek, Bios =  Life and Matron = Measure. So, Biometry is measurement of  life.

Health statistics

Health statistics in public health  or community health.

Medical statistics

 Medical statistics in medicine  related  to the study  of defect,  injury, disease, efficacy of drug,  serum and line of treatment,  etc.

Vital statistics

Vital statistics (SYN:population statistics) in demography   pertaining   to vital events  of births(natality), marriages , disease (morbidity) and deaths(mortality).

These terms are overlapping  and not exclusive of each other.

How to study statistics

As Statistics is a logical and systematic science therefore it has its own principles, laws and certain steps. Therefore it should be studied under following stages:

1st stage – Collection of data

2nd stage – Organization of data

3rd stage – Presentation of data

4th stage – Analysis of data

5th stage – Interpretation of data

 Characteristics of statistics

  1. Statistics is a quantitative expression and not qualitative expression.
  2. Statistics is the aggregate of facts.
  3. Statistics is affected by multiplicity of causes.
  4. Statistics is estimated according to reasonable standard of accuracy.
  5. Statistical data is collected for predetermined purpose.
  6. They should be related to each other.

Limitations Of Statistics

  1. It does not study the qualitative aspects. ‘
  2. Individualistic study is very difficult.
  3. Statistical studies are based only on an average.
  4. It lacks mathematical accuracy.
  5. Statistics is only means and not an end of study.

Aims of statistics

The aim of statistics is not only to collect numerical data but also to provide a methodology from which certain conclusion came out.

Utility of statistics in homoeopathy

Biostatistics, What is Biostatistics,

  1. It helps in presenting large quantity of data in a simple and classified form. Suppose, if we want to show the results of many patients of same disease, we can summarized them into different groups according to age or sex wise and may be present them in tabulation form. That means with the help of statistics we can express number of patients or remedies in a smaller form by classifying them.
  2. Statistics gives the methods of comparison of data and it weighs and judges them in the right perspective ex. we can use this science for comparison of different Homoeopathic remedies, gradation arid intensity of symptoms can be done with the help of Statistics.
  3. It assists in arriving at correct views based on facts.
  4. It helps in finding relationship between the variables. Many remedies shows relationship at certain state of patient we can use statistics here, which helps in second prescription and follow up study of patients.
  5. It providers materials I datas to researchers which serve as a guide for future planning and programs.
  6. It is useful in drug proving. (New drug proving as well as verification and reproving of old drugs)
  7. To asses normally or healthy state of a person that is to find limits of variables. Ex. Blood pressure. The normal range is 80 – 120 mm of Hg. But it may be normal above this range has to be ascertained with Statistical tech- ruques.
  8. To find the correlation between two variables such as Diet and Weight increases or decreases proportionately with diet.
  9. To find the difference between means and proportions of normal individuals at two different places or at different periods.
  10. It is used for Drug proving process that is action of a particular drug both on humans and animals, which helps in ascertaining the pathogenetic and curing power of a particular drug.
  11. It· is used to compare the action of same drug on different persons which helps in understanding individualistic characteristic symptoms of that drug patient.
  12. To compare the efficacy of a particular drug by using experimental or control group.
  13. To find the Incidence, Prevalence and Progress of symptoms in a disease process – Holistic approach.
  14. It is used in preventive medicine to measure the death rates from vaccinate: or un-vaccinated individuals. and to asses efficacy of a particular drug as: – prophylactic medicine for a specific disease by using appropriate Statisticaltests.
  15. In Epidemiological studies the role of causative factors is statistically tested. Ex. deficiency of vitamin C causes Scurvy in a community is confirmed only after comparing the scurvy cases before and after supplying vitamin-C.
  16. It is used for recording, Birth, Death, Morbidity, etc. Rates which are the basic tools in Demography.
  17. It is used for Analysis of certain components of case taking e.g. Thermal Analysis (Hot/Chilly/Ambithermal), Miasmatic Analysis ( Psora/Sycosis/ Syphilis), etc.


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