Dicing with Death: Chance, Risk and HealthBMJ 2004; 329 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.329.7457.116-a (Published 08 July 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:116
- Deborah Ashby, professor of medical statistics ([email protected])
- Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine, Bart's & the London, Queen Mary, University of London
Are there any BMJ readers who have not encountered statistics and statisticians at some point in their career? Most medical students, and many other health professionals, have learnt some statistics as undergraduates, and maybe more as part of their postgraduate training. If you have obtained a grant or published a paper, the chances are that some statistician will have acted as statistical consultant or referee, if not as collaborator and coauthor. If you prescribe drugs, you are relying on the many statisticians employed within the pharmaceutical industry, and those involved in the regulation of drugs. …
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