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December 1967

Research Design in Clinical Psychology and Psychiatry.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1967;17(6):765-766. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1967.01730300125022

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A rather unique book in the domain of psychiatric research! Many practical problems which tend to haunt investigators in psychiatry and psychology appear between its covers. Although written primarily as a text on the design of clinical research, the book includes, in addition to explanatory material usually associated with texts, evaluations concerning a variety of research practices. The content varies from technical topics, such as statistics, to theoretical questions regarding the nature of genuine progress in clinical research.

An exposition on logical reasoning and set theory, which is the first topic, leads into a discussion on statistical probability. One chapter and a few later excerpts are devoted to statistics. Although this treatment is far from comprehensive, it provides an introduction to the purpose of statistics, explains some fundamental concepts, and offers a few tables necessary for statistical evaluations. After readers have digested this much ma

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