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January 19, 1924

Introduction to Medical Biometry and Statistics.

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By Raymond Pearl, Professor of Biometry and Vital Statistics in the School of Hygiene and Public Health, the Johns Hopkins Unversity. Cloth. Price, $5 net. Pp. 379, with 71 illustrations. Philadelphia: W. B. Saunders Company, 1923.

JAMA. 1924;82(3):232-233. doi:10.1001/jama.1924.02650290062037

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The Principles of Vital Statistics. By I. S. Falk, Ph.D., Department of Public Health, Yale University. Cloth. Price, $2.50, net. Pp. 258, with 29 illustrations. Philadelphia: W. B. Saunders Company, 1923.

Probably no scientific literature is more subject to mismanipulation of figures and to unwarranted interpretations than is that of medicine. It is well known that physicians frequently err in conclusions derived from statistical studies. Raymond Pearl is head of a department in the school of Hygiene and Public Health of the Johns Hopkins University, which is concerned with teaching physicians proper methods in the measurement of results. The present book is essentially a text-book for medical men in such work. Pearl is convinced that there is no reason why medicine should not become an exact science in the same sense as physics and chemistry, provided quantitative methods of thought and action are made an integral part of medical training.

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