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Clinical Epidemiology: A Basic Science for Clinical Medicine

BMJ 2007; 335 doi: (Published 11 October 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:777
  1. Allen F Shaughnessy, associate program director, Tufts University family medicine residency at Cambridge Health Alliance, Malden, MA, USA
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    While many were learning to “study a study and test a test” in the early 1980s, another approach was developing in a small blue collar town in Ontario, Canada, at a new medical school. Internists calling themselves clinical epidemiologists (and refusing to define clinical epidemiology) were putting together a series of articles for the Canadian Medical Association Journal called “Clinical Epidemiology Rounds.”

    The article series was “prepared for those clinicians who are behind in their reading.” The huge success of this series led to the expansion of the concepts in the book Clinical Epidemiology: A Basic Science for Clinical Medicine.

    The book emphasises formal probabilistic reasoning as a vital aspect …

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