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December 29, 1951

Statistics for Medical Students and Investigators in the Clinical and Biological Sciences

JAMA. 1951;147(18):1793. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.03670350073037

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This book, according to the preface, is more concerned with providing a grasp of the fundamental concepts and philosophies than with developing technical facility in the application of statistical methods. There is reason to doubt whether generalizations can ever be taught without an abundance of specific instances, and, in the case of this book, with its paucity of examples, lack of exercises, vague introductions, and omission of "the mathematics of derivation," there is little that a beginner can get his teeth into. The notion of "control" in the special sense of a contratest (contre-essai, Gegenversuch) is not made completely clear, and even a student with some knowledge of biometry is likely to find the allusions to probits baffling. In the hands of an uncommonly good teacher, armed with an abundance of illustrative examples, this book may be useful to graduate students in the clinical and biological sciences, but it cannot

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