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Letters Risk illiteracy rides again

Balancing probabilities

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 17 May 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d3048
  1. Paul D P Pharoah, reader in cancer epidemiology1
  1. 1University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK
  1. paul.pharoah{at}

Shuster discusses the problem of the devastating biomedical ignorance of statisticians and goes on to ask, “Why should a doctor need to …

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