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The Progress of Experiment: Science and Therapeutic Reform in the United States, 1900-1990

BMJ 1998; 316 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.316.7137.1101a (Published 04 April 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:1101
  1. Robert A Crouch
  1. doctoral student, Department of Philosophy, University of Virginia, USA

    Harry M Marks Cambridge University Press, £45, pp 258 ISBN 0 521 58142 7

    The use of statistics in clinical medical research has taken on the appearance of an article of faith. Any omission of statistical rigour from clinical research is viewed as an act of heresy, and, like the ideas of the heretic, the work of the insufficiently rigorous is banished from the scientific literature. As in all matters of faith, however, the propagation of statistical methods depends on training the next generation to follow its dictates. It should therefore not surprise us to learn that statistical methodology …

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