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Book and Media Reviews
September 20, 2006

Medical Literature

Author Affiliations

Book and Media Reviews Section Editor: Harriet S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA.

JAMA. 2006;296(11):1407-1412. doi:10.1001/jama.296.11.1410

Interpreting the Medical Literature guides us in trying to comprehend scholarly medical publications. Journal articles have enormous potential to inform but also to obfuscate. Gehlbach has long been teaching us how to detect bias, confounding, and flawed analysis.1 The past editions of his book were meant “not to daunt tentative and curious readers but to escort them.”2 The new fifth edition augments the value of its predecessors by adding examples from recently published journal articles and replacing some earlier discussions. In fact, there are fewer pages, a trend-bucking move for new editions of long-established works.

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