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Why should the internist concern himself with biostatistics? Perhaps the most compelling reason is that he may intelligently evaluate the current medical literature that more and more uses statistical symbols and jargons, incorrectly much of the time. Many internists, never previously interested in research, are bitten by the investigative bug and embark on clinical studies armed with only a meager understanding of statistical principles. The internist make many intuitive judgments relative to clinical problems for which mathematical solutions are potentially applicable. A better understanding of formal methods might add perspective to his personal decision-making activities.
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Fundamentals of Biostatistics.. Ann Intern Med. ;70:873–874. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-70-4-873
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1969;70(4):873-874.
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