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To the Editor:—
It was with a great deal of interest that I read the article entitled "Use of Controls in Medical Research," by Dr. Otho Ross Jr., in The Journal (145:72 [Jan. 13] 1951). Dr. Ross has pointed out a chronic deficiency in medical literature—a deficiency that makes a good proportion of published material almost worthless. However, now that this defect has been aired in the open, so to speak, consideration should be given to methods by which it may be corrected.The basic difficulty, no doubt, lies in the lack of medical students being exposed to the use of statistical technics in medical research. I do not know the actual numbers, but I would imagine that there are only a few medical schools that give even a minimum course in medical statistics. The article has pointed out the necessity for an intensive effort in having all schools
Lilienfeld AM. MEDICAL STATISTICS. JAMA. 1951;145(14):1088. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.02920320062023