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April 16, 1938

Statistical Methods Applied to Experiments in Agriculture and Biology

JAMA. 1938;110(16):1312. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.02790160070030

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Abstract

The proper understanding of statistical methods in biology and medicine appears extraordinarily difficult to most physicians. Hence investigations requiring a statistical presentation are often unsatisfactorily prepared, the problem is dodged, or the figures are merely supplied to a "statistical expert." The author of this volume believes that an advanced mathematical training for the use of the statistical method is not necessary. This book is therefore designed for an individual to study by himself. The material is divided into chapters on the various elements of the statistical method; namely, attributes, individual comparison, group comparison, short cuts, regression, correlation and analysis of variants. Each point is illustrated by examples of graduated difficulty. Although the material constitutes difficult reading for most physicians, the book has something definite to offer to those who have the time and interest to devote to unaccustomed studies.

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