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September 1975

Statistics in Medicine

Arch Surg. 1975;110(9):1157. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1975.01360150101028

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As the house of modern surgery evolves, a "glue" that joins both new components as well as remodeled segments in biostatistics. The language of surgical progress is immersed in statistical methods. Increasingly, clinical advances are relient on carefully designed prospective studies.

The text, Statistics in Medicine, is, in my judgment, an extremely valuable book for all of us. Derived from a medical school course, it includes a review of basic statistics in modern terms. Adequate rationale is provided, and more detailed proof is referenced. It is not a cookbook; you will have to read to understand, but comprehension can be accomplished with reasonable effort. The book has been written with lucidity and edited with great care. The author repeatedly documents statistical theory with problem-solving from the clinical literature.

Although we may think of biostatistics as a static science, mathematics is, in fact, dynamic with many new approaches to old problems.

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