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The previous edition of this well known text and reference book appeared in 1931, so that, as the author himself states, the present revision is considerably overdue. In the interim a number of other excellent textbooks on the handling of medical statistics and laboratory data have appeared. Among these Pearl's treatment of the subject is definitely unique. Chapter 2, on some landmarks in the history of biostatistics, is interesting and is not duplicated in any other introductory volume. The emphasis in this book lies in the field of vital statistics and there is little discussion of the statistical management of clinical data. A portion of the book can be read without any extensive knowledge of higher mathematics but its use as a textbook in connection with a formal university or medical course would be more feasible for most than as the exclusive prop of any selftraining project.
Introduction to Medical Biometry and Statistics. JAMA. 1941;116(2):175. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820020085037
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