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Some gentle statistics

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.322.7280.0/a (Published 27 January 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:a

I propose that all readers of the BMJ with a shaky knowledge of statistics (which, if we are frank, is about 99.9% of us) read every word—and all the boxes—of the paper on significance testing on p 226. Many readers don't like longish articles and are phobic about statistics, which is why they should start with the cartoons. One shows a newsreader on “Today's Random Medical News” (p 227). Behind him are three dials indicating that “Smoking, coffee, stress, etc” cause “Heart disease, depression, breast cancer, etc” in “Children, rats, men aged 25-40.” …

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