S. O. WAIFE, M.D.; P. F. LUCCHESI, M.D., F.A.C.P.; BARBARA SIGMOND, M.A.
Statistics collected in large hospitals are the basis for a great many studies, some of which are valuable from a medical standpoint, while others draw conclusions which have at best only a surface accuracy.
Often these reports are based upon analyses of autopsy data, because the information is more complete, detailed and consistent than may be obtained from case histories. If, for example, one examines autopsy reports of patients who have died from a particular disease and assembles some unique data with respect to these patients, one often asks, "How far can I generalize from the autopsy reports of one
WAIFE SO, LUCCHESI PF, SIGMOND B. THE SIGNIFICANCE OF MORTALITY STATISTICS IN MEDICAL RESEARCH: AN ANALYSIS OF 1,000 DEATHS AT THE PHILADELPHIA GENERAL HOSPITAL1. Ann Intern Med. 1952;37:332–337. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-37-2-332
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