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Studying a Study and Testing a Test: How to Read the Medical Evidence (With CD-ROM for Windows & Macintosh) 4th Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0781718608
ISBN-10: 0781718600
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 356 pages
  • Publisher: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; 4th edition (January 15, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0781718600
  • ISBN-13: 978-0781718608
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 7 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,078,147 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I bought this book 18 months ago and never cracked it til last week. I have worked as a Medicare medical director for five years, and someone should have given each of us this book the day we started. It is a very good survey of how to assess clinical trials. You will not finish this book and then plan trials for "big pharma" nor will you have a PhD in statistics (one recent reviewer of this book at Amazon was appalled by what he found to be several semantic errors or math errors - let's bear in mind the book has thrived through 5 editions and the author has a PhD from Johns Hopkins.) But if you are thinking about what makes clinical trials "tick" and you want a thorough (300 pp) but not numbing viewpoint, this is an excellent book. I also found the book very well written, I was able to go through 50 pages at a pop and felt I was really absorbing it. Embarassingly, considering jobs I have held, I would have been hesitant to give a concise explanation of a "case control" versus "cohort" study and Riegelman makes this sort of distinction fundamental and clear early one without belaboring how important it is (you can tell how important it is). The author, Riegelman, is a senior professor at the Geo Washington Univ School of Medicine. The book is intended for medical students (smart insightful ones), MPH students, those reviewing/evaluating the clinical literature (the evidence-based-medicine world). He explains things in a way that makes you think you'll remember it for years. For a different style and result(imagine you are actually designing a clinical trial in your niche of medicine from Step A to Step Z) see the Brian Hayes/David Sackett books (several versions) on "clinical epidemiology" or "evidence based medicine."
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A wonderful book to help out with all those journal clubs and intro epi courses we have to take. I used it in medical school and continue to use it during residency. I refer to it before journal clubs and before discussing studies with medical students. Easy to read, concise, great overview of the subject! Highly reccomended!
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This is a textbook, but it is not difficult to read and is easy to understand. I would recommend it to anyone who wants to be able to read and evaluate any kind of scientific study, and medical studies in particular. The online component of this edition no longer works, but a quick google search will find you the latest version.
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Very nicely written... for non-math oriented people. Very "user" friendly. Provides examples and explanations clearly.
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Great book that was really helpful as I was reviewing the literature and preparing to write a grant proposal.
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