September 1952

Elementary Medical Statistics.

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By Donald Mainland, M.B., Ch.B., D.Sc., F.R.S.E., F.R.S.C. Price, $5. Pp. 327, with 23 illustrations. W. B. Saunders Company, 218 W. Washington Sq., Philadelphia 5, 1952.

AMA Arch Intern Med. 1952;90(3):423. doi:10.1001/archinte.1952.00240090144016

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The author states that this book is designed primarily for students who are to become practitioners. The physician who is seriously interested in becoming acquainted with the principles of statistical analysis as applied to medicine will appreciate the style of writing and the manner in which the author has presented the subject. In particular, the reader can obtain an appreciation of the problems in research, sampling, errors, tests of significance, and so forth, without having to wade through masses of formulae and numerical computation. The material has been organized under eight chapter headings; under each chapter heading within the table of contents is given an outline of the material presented in the chapter. An introduction is given to each chapter with a bit of advice to the reader on the contents and their value. In one instance the author says: "Mostly, however, it is a chapter to read and think

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