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