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October 2, 1948

Interesting and Useful Medical Statistics

JAMA. 1948;138(5):391. doi:10.1001/jama.1948.02900050059036

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This remarkable book consists of reprintings of hundreds of tabulations of numerical data from American medical publications since about 1935. The tables are arranged alphabetically according to subject, and an index facilitates the reader's search for information. The source of each table is stated, and is generally a readily available recent American publication. If prospective readers will remember that the book ignores all foreign literature and all publications before 1935, deals only with periodic literature, is unsystematic and uncritical, makes no mention of other similar works already published (such as the scholarly "Daten und Tabellen für Mediziner" by Vierordt) and expects the reader to look up the context of the tables for himself, this book can be extremely useful to writers and lecturers.

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