Views & Reviews Drug Tales and Other Stories

A dead cert: what we might learn at the bookmakers

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 17 August 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d5178
  1. Ike Iheanacho, editor, Drug and Therapeutics Bulletin
  1. iiheanacho{at}

Even among supposedly well educated people you can find those who, deprived of calculators, would need to remove their footwear to do the simplest sums. Although medicine has its fair share of such numerically challenged individuals, it can also call on massed ranks of skilled mathematicians who are dedicated to producing and making sense of data. Still, notwithstanding the combined, crucial efforts of statisticians, health economists, epidemiologists, public health doctors, and assorted fellow travellers, something’s missing.

By and large the mathematically adept employ ideas and share technospeak that …

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