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Books, Journals, New Media
March 17, 2004


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Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor: Harriet S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA; David H. Morse, MS, University of Southern California, Norris Medical Library, Journal Review Editor.

JAMA. 2004;291(11):1387. doi:10.1001/jama.291.11.1387-a

What books do researchers turn to for insights into the validity of their studies or to critique studies by peers? There seems to be a gap on the bookshelf. In Interpreting Epidemiologic Evidence, Dr David Savitz addresses the perception that researchers and readers do not understand the potential problems of the principles and methods used. The book is not an introductory text but rather a reference on study design and evaluation. The reader will not find definitions of mean and standard deviation or derivations of the Bayes Theorem and predictive value, available in numerous introductory texts. After assimilating such introductory material, researchers who design, conduct, and analyze studies need to know how much confidence to place in conclusions drawn from data.

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