The real problem is the biomedical ignorance of statisticiansBMJ 2011; 342 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d2579 (Published 21 April 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d2579
- Sam Shuster, emeritus professor of dermatology1
- 1University of Newcastle upon Tyne, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
Heath’s review supports a book that gives a “devastating dissection of the statistical illiteracy of doctors,”1 when the real problem is the devastating biomedical ignorance of statisticians.
Why should a doctor need to know how to calculate the chance of breast cancer in a patient with a positive screening mammogram, given …