Advertisement

Biostatistics

  • Frederick Sierles

Abstract

Medical students and physicians are bombarded with claims, conclusions, and generalizations about research, clinical diagnoses, and treatments. Because people tend to trust what they see in print, medical students or physicians may accept these conclusions at face value. This is sometimes a mistake, as many conclusions, upon which many diagnoses and treatments are based, are incorrect. The consequences for the health of many patients can be disastrous. One example is the overdiagnosis of schizophrenia in the United States (described by Rosenhan [1] and Taylor and Abrams [2]), and the consequent mismedication of healthy, depressed, or manic patients with neuroleptic drugs.

Keywords

Central Tendency Final Exam Score Normal Curve Final Exam Exam Score 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.

Preview

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

References

  1. 1.
    Rosenhan, D. On being sane in insane places. Science 179: 250–258 (1973).PubMedCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  2. 2.
    Taylor, M., and Abrams, R. The phenomenology of mania. A new look at some old patients. Arch. Gen. Psychiatry 29: 520–522 (1973).PubMedCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  3. 3.
    Friedman, G. A Primer of Epidemiology. McGraw-Hill, New York (1974).Google Scholar
  4. 4.
    Sainsbury, P., and Kreitman, N. Methods of Psychiatric Research. Oxford, London (1975).Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Spectrum Publications 1982

Authors and Affiliations

  • Frederick Sierles

There are no affiliations available

Personalised recommendations