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May 8, 1987

How to Analyze Clinical Research Reports

Author Affiliations

University of Chicago

University of Chicago


by Myrton F. Beeler and Robert W. Sappenfield, 115 pp, 4 figs, $18 ($16.20 for members), Chicago, American Society of Clinical Pathologists Press, 1986.

JAMA. 1987;257(18):2499. doi:10.1001/jama.1987.03390180117040

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The authors of this useful book comment in the preface that pathologists (and this could apply to all physicians), after completing formal education, face a lifetime of continuing education if they want to avoid obsolescence. This continued learning is mainly derived from reading scientific studies. However, the authors maintain that most studies published in journals are flawed. Hence, the book sets out to teach the pathologist how to read a study critically to benefit from the information and not be misled.