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September 18, 1948

Méthodes statistiques en médecine et en biologie

JAMA. 1948;138(3):251. doi:10.1001/jama.1948.02900030083042

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This book attempts to describe a majority of the technics of statistical methodology which have proved useful in medical and biologic research. Its general procedure is to outline briefly the assumptions behind each method or formula, to describe the application and necessary calculations and, finally, to draw the indicated conclusions. It omits almost all derivations. This omission is a commendable feature of a book primarily designed for the physician. Aside from the fact that it is written in French, it can be understood by a reader with a minimum amount of mathematical training.

The first portion of the book includes the usual topics such as classification, graphic representation, measures of central tendency, dispersion and symmetry. It omits any mention of the harmonic and geometric means. The binomial, normal and Poisson distributions are briefly described. Tests of significance are considered in the latter portions of the book. Unfortunately, no mention is

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