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News and Numbers A Guide to Reporting Statistical Claims and Controversies in Health and Other Fields

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ISBN-10: 0813814243

ISBN-13: 9780813814247

Edition: 2nd 2001 (Revised)

Authors: Victor Cohn, Lewis Cope

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Book details

List price: $44.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 4/19/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 232
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

A Note to Our Readers
A Tribute to Victor Cohn
Condensed from the Foreword to the 1989 Edition
Where We Can Do Better
The Challenge
Four Areas for Improvement
The Certainty of Uncertainty
The Scientific Method
Focusing on Medicine
Testing the Evidence
How to Search for the Truth
How Probable Is It?
Expect Some Unexpected Events
Appreciate the "Power" of Big Numbers
Eliminate Bias; Consider Alternate Explanations
Expect Variability
Putting a Human Face on Variability
What's a Good Study?
Experiments versus Seductive Anecdotes
Clinical Researchers at Work
Clinical Studies: How to Judge Them
Alternative Medicine
"Disease Detectives" at Work
Disease Outbreaks: What to Watch For
Questions You Can Ask
The Bottom Line
Tests and Testing: Measuring What Works
Patients' Tests
Drugs and Drug Trials
Animals as Stand-Ins for Us
Vital Statistics: Measuring Life and Health
The Key Role of Rates in Vital Statistics
Key Rates of Death and Disease
Crude Rates versus Rates That Compare
Putting Numbers on Risks
Two Cautions
Cancer Statistics
Shifts, Drifts, and Blips
Health Plans and Hospitals: Measuring Their Quality
Health Plans and Managed Care
Hospital Care Statistics
Our Environment and Measuring All Risks
Start with Some Key Questions
Evaluate What You've Learned
Know the Limits of Science
Questions to Evaluate Hazards
Questions to Evaluate Studies
Special Statistical Situations
Tips for Reporting Risks
Polls: Measuring What We Think
Polling with Care
Case Histories: Ventura, Reagan, and Bush
Other Poll-Watching Advice
Another Case History: Asking about Sex
Potential Perils of "Snowball Samples"
What Focus Groups Can and Can't Do
Politics, Your Pocketbook, and Plenty More
Statistical Shenanigans
Newsy Numbers on Numerous Fronts
This Book's Bottom Line
Quick-Reference Guides
Working the Web
Reporting a Disease Outbreak
Checklists for Studies and Polls
What Makes a Good Reporter?