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October 4, 1976

Is It Really So? A Guide to Clear Thinking

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American Medical Association Chicago

JAMA. 1976;236(14):1628. doi:10.1001/jama.1976.03270150058041

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The Logic of Medicine, by Edmond A. Murphy, 353 pp, with illus, $16.50, Baltimore, Johns Hopkins University Press, 1976.

Rational Diagnosis and Treatment, by Henrik R. Wulff (foreword by J. E. Lennard-Jones), 182 pp, paper, Oxford, Blackwell Scientific Publications, 1976.

These three books, all dealing with the same general topic—helping us to think more clearly—approach the subject in different ways, direct themselves to different audiences, and achieve different levels of success. The small volume by Ingle, with the expressive subtitle "A Guide to Clear Thinking," is the most straightforward and simplest. Perhaps "Aids to Clearer Thinking" would have been more accurate. Ingle, formerly professor of physiology at the University of Chicago and editor of Perspectives in Biology and Medicine, wrote especially for students in secondary schools and colleges, but readers of all ages and backgrounds can benefit. Murphy, physician, geneticist, and statistician, entitling his book The Logic of Medicine, intended