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Letters Risk illiteracy again

Put statistics back in its bottle

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 12 July 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d3975
  1. Sam Shuster, emeritus professor of dermatology1
  1. 1University of Newcastle on Tyne, Newcastle on Tyne, UK
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In a previous letter I argued that the pressure on doctors to learn more statistics is unjustified: statistics must be put back in its bottle for occasional ancillary use.1 Five letters countered that we need more statistics for interpretation because “medical science just has not delivered” yes/no tests, and the …

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