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Some physicians would like to be able to answer questions about disease through careful observations in their practices, in brief, "do research," but they have not been trained in the methods of research. Consequently, their "research" is likely to lack the rigor needed to reach valid conclusions, and they find that they cannot get their observations published. I am not aware of a better starting point for physicians who wish to learn how to make important observations with their case material than Schuman's clear and short but comprehensive book. Eventually it would not be sufficient guidance by itself for physicians
Practice-Based Epidemiology: An Introduction.. Ann Intern Med. ;106:490. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-106-3-490_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1987;106(3):490.
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