August 1962

Clinical Research Design and Analysis.

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By Eugene E. Levitt, Ph.D. Price, $8.50. Pp. 199, with 2 illustrations. Charles C Thomas, Publisher, 301-327 E. Lawrence Ave., Springfield, Ill., 1961.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1962;7(2):147-148. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1962.01720020071013

Among several commendable qualities of this book, its uniqueness deserves first ranking. Few, if any, truly original concepts are expressed; however, the plan for incorporating the material which it contains into a systematic and meaningful whole is original. The reader is guided through the process of designing, conducting, evaluating, and reporting a research project. This progression does not pertain to a specific experiment, but, instead, the general steps essential for research in the behavioral sciences are indicated.

The first of the eleven chapters entitled "A Philosophy for the Behavioral Scientist" discusses the basic nature of scientific laws and relationships and explains the function of the probability theory in evaluating experimental findings. Technical advice regarding the preparation of a scientific article for publication is contained in the final chapter. In the interim the reader is introduced to various types of research and to various methods for obtaining data descriptive of

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