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Studying a Study and Testing a Test. How to Read the Medical Literature.

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By Riegelman Richard K.. . 283 pages. Little, Brown and Company; , Boston: , 1981.. $12.95 (paperback).

Ann Intern Med. 1982;97(3):468. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-97-3-97-3-468_1
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Readers of medical journals may be attracted to this book simply by its catchy title and the promise of its subtitle. The body of the text consists of clearly presented explanations of how to dissect the basic design of each major type of scientific study. Coverage of the subject is comprehensive and concise; the author writes in a lucid and straightforward style.

Each of the four parts begins with an excellent introductory chapter and ends with a succinct summary chapter that captures the essence of that section. The first three sections also conclude with a chapter, "Flaw Catching Exercises." The


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