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July 19, 1952

Introduzione alla biometria

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Di G. Barbensi, Ars medica, collana diretta dal Prof. Vincenzo Lapiccirella. Cloth. 3000 lire. Pp. 418, with illustrations. Vallecchi editore, Viale dei Mille, 90, Florence, 1952.

JAMA. 1952;149(12):1172. doi:10.1001/jama.1952.02930290094046

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The author undertakes to present to biologists an easy exposition of statistical methods useful in their specialty. Interspersed in the smoothly written text are 133 numerical problems from various fields of biology and medicine. Author and publisher have cooperated in producing a remarkably legible book in which one readily finds most of the concepts that have become familiar in current textbooks: probability, graphic representation, measures of central tendency and of dispersion, asymmetry and kurtosis, correlation and contingency, interpolation, regression, and variance and covariance. There are useful tables, a brief bibliography that does justice to foreign publications, an index, and a table of contents.

The book is written more for the observer than for the experimenter, with examples chosen more from anthropometry than from experimental therapeutics. As a result there is little emphasis on the important idea of the contratest, contre-essai, or control, an idea that will require much further emphasizing

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