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An entertaining, plain-spoken, easy-to-read, and clear introduction to epidemiologic concepts, designs, and interpretations as applied to classical epidemiology and to studies of drug effects and disease causation. Heavily/illustrated and generous with examples (designated as "Convoluted Reasoning or Anti-Intellectual Pomposity Detectors" or "C.R.A.P. Detectors"). Carefully selected references for further self-education in critical judgment. Readers of this little primer should be well equipped to separate the meat from offal as they read journal articles. The appendix translates stock academic phrases ("A trend was noted.") into plain English ("The statistical test was not significant.") and defines clinical epidemiology (". . . that branch
PDQ Epidemiology. Ann Intern Med. ;112:155. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-112-2-155_b
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1990;112(2):155.
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