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September 1938

The Treatment of Clinical and Laboratory Data. An Introduction to Statistical Ideas and Methods for Medical and Dental Workers.

Am J Dis Child. 1938;56(3):713. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1938.01980150233021

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Investigators of medical problems are turning more and more to mathematical developments of the theory of probability for reliable methods with which to evaluate the results of observation. Because the classic methods of statistical analysis are often not applicable to data derived from a small number of experiments, the worker concerned with such data must sooner or later study the writings of R. A. Fisher, who has furnished so many brilliant contributions to the statistical theories of small numbers. This book by Mainland should be regarded as a companion volume to R. A. Fisher's work (Statistical Methods for Research Workers, ed. 6, Edinburgh, Oliver & Boyd, 1936). It will be helpful to those who are studying medical problems because (a) the illustrative examples are drawn from the clinic and from the medical laboratory; (b) an appeal to understanding, rather than to esoteric mathematical derivations, is used in presenting the various

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