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January 4, 1941

Statistical Methods for Medical and Biological Students

JAMA. 1941;116(1):85. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820010087040

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It seems strange that the last three years have witnessed the publication of so many books on statistical methods for the use of students of medicine and biology. The answer must be that a new need or at least a new recognition of an existing need has arisen. This book, compiled by the head of the Swedish State Institute for Human Genetics and Biology at Uppsala, Sweden, is announced in the preface as an attempt "to present statistical methods in a form calling for no special knowledge of mathematics" but at the same time to give an idea of the concepts on which these methods are based. Perhaps elementary mathematical knowledge is more extensive in Sweden than in this country, but unfortunately the average medical reader here will have great difficulty with most of the mathematical presentation. This book, in common with most others in the field, illustrates the great

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