IRWIN BROSS, PH.D.
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The purpose of this note is to explain a few principles—nothing esoteric but precepts of plain common sense—which underlie modern statistics. If one understands these principles one will be able to make sense of the statistical studies that are increasingly common in the medical literature. What is more, one will be able to decide whether or not the author's conclusions are believable even though one may not be able to make heads or tails of the formulas, computations, tables, or graphs which accompany the article! Of course if a physician wants to write statistical papers—not just read them—he will
BROSS I. STATISTICS AND THE CLINICIAN. Ann Intern Med. ;43:442–450. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-43-2-442
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1955;43(2):442-450.
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