Friday, April 8, 2016

The Art of Medicine and Medical Statistics

The "art of medicine" is not just the physician's bedside manner. The real art of medicine is handling missing data. Physicians often do not have enough data to practice medicine in a scientific manner. Physicians need to join together to start doing studies that will produce missing data they they need almost every day.

When I talk with physicians, it is sometimes surprising how little they know about medical statistics. This is certainly not the physicians' fault. A big part of the problem is that every practicing physician is not doing clinical studies as part of their daily life. All physicians should probably be involved in clinical research all the time. There are far too many unanswered questions in medicine. We need to start answering them.

Here are some quick reads as books to review medical statistics:

Medical Statistics Made Easy, 3rd Edition
by Michael Harris (Author), Jacquelyn Taylor (Author)
http://www.amazon.com/Medical-Statistics-Made-Easy-third/dp/1907904034/

Biostatistics For Dummies
by John Pezzullo
http://www.amazon.com/Biostatistics-Dummies-John-Pezzullo-ebook/dp/B00DX1BUMU/

Clinical Biostatistics and Epidemiology Made Ridiculously Simple 1st Edition
by Ann Weaver (Author), Stephen Goldberg (Author)
http://www.amazon.com/Clinical-Biostatistics-Epidemiology-Ridiculously-Simple/dp/1935660020/


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