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January 1959

Experimental Design in Psychology and the Medical Sciences

AMA Arch NeurPsych. 1959;81(1):132-133. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1959.02340130152023

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According to the author, this book was written with the aim of acquainting students interested in research with several basic experimental designs. Actually it is a compilation of a course of lectures which he had presented to postgraduate classes at the Institute of Psychiatry connected with the University of London. After a brief introduction to some of the basic concepts in statistics, the reader is plunged rapidly into illustrated discussions of a variety of applications of analysis of variance. Randomized blocks, Latin and Greco-Latin squares, factorials, cross-overs, and balanced incomplete blocks constitute Chapters 2 to 6, respectively. A very limited treatment of linear regression and correlation is included, apparently as an orientation to analysis of covariance, which it immediately precedes. In addition to these well-established methods, two rather new procedures, originated by D. R. Cox, which utilize analysis of variance are presented. The final chapter compares the efficiency of the