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BMJ 2001; 322 doi: (Published 24 February 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:498
  1. Christopher Martyn (
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    A glance at this week's (or any week's) BMJ will show that medical research inevitably involves statistics. In his self help book of the 1930s, Mathematics for the Million, Lancelot Hogben included a chapter on statistics entitled “The Arithmetic of Human Welfare”—a warm, almost touchy-feely description of a subject that many doctors still regard as repellently algebraic. Unfortunately the …

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