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This amusing book uses various hypothetical and actual studies to illustrate common errors in the medical literature. The droll analogy of animals (embodying fallacies) in their haunts (research designs) provides the context for an epidemiologic melodrama.
Recognizing the test bloater and the diagnostic zealot will aid clinicians in evaluating diagnostic tests. The authors deflate the test bloater by showing how unusually high prevalence of a condition in patients on whom a diagnostic test is first evaluated leads to overestimates of the positive predictive value of the test. In a raucous case study of hemorrhoids at Devil's Piles, Wyoming, Drs. Stanley
Biomedical Bestiary: An Epidemiologic Guide to Flaws and Fallacies in the Medical Literature.. Ann Intern Med. ;102:731. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-102-5-731_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1985;102(5):731.
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