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Clinical Epidemiology: A Basic Science for Clinical Medicine.

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Spilker Bert. . 1182 pages. New York: : Raven Press; ; 1991.. $130.00.
Second edition. Sackett David L., Haynes R. Brian, Guyatt Gordon H., Tugwell Peter. . 441 pages. Boston: : Little, Brown; ; 1991.. $32.50.

Ann Intern Med. 1992;117(4):350-351. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-117-4-350_2
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Not too many decades ago physicians usually sought diagnoses and selected treatments along lines laid down by some medical Herr Bekenner or set forth in the medical equivalent of Holy Writ, an eminent textbook. Some still do, but those who know the complex of possibilities in modern medicine and have enough conscience to wish to give the patient the best of care need more and better sources of guidance. They face a daunting task, however, in getting to, and interpreting, those sources. Much of what physicians need is in current and recent journal literature. The burden of finding it can


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