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"Methological Errors in Medical Research" (1990) by Bjorn Andersen (mini-review of book by me)

Discussion in 'Other Health News and Research' started by Tom Kindlon, Mar 17, 2015.

  1. Tom Kindlon

    Tom Kindlon Senior Member

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    I've just finished reading "Methological Errors in Medical Research" by Bjorn Andersen.
    It was recommended by Ben Goldacre in "Bad Science".

    I am on the lookout now for things that would help enable me critique and criticise research studies better and this sounded like it might be useful.

    Methodological Errors in Medical Research.jpg

    Here's the official blurb:

    Table of contents:
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    I found it an interesting read. He seems a very intelligent guy who can find subtle problems with papers that have been published.

    A lot of the examples don't require any statistical knowledge, while a smaller percentage would require some basic knowledge of statistical tests (but perhaps he explains what is involved enough for previous knowledge not to be necessary; I have some knowledge myself so hard for me to say). Apart from a handful of references (which could be skipped over), it doesn't require knowledge of any third level mathematics.
    A percentage of examples did cause me to look at a medical dictionary. (Some of that was probably not necessary: I like to broaden my knowledge of medical matters)

    I gradually read it over a few months. Although not as dense as a mathematical textbook, it is still somewhat dense. I found myself having to reread it bits of it. There were still some bits that I didn't understand.

    I might come back to it in 5-10 years for revision and to see if I understand the bits I didn't get the first time.

    Overall I'm pleased that I read it. Unfortunately I'm not sure if there are that many cheap copies around to buy but perhaps people can request it from libraries if they are interested.
     
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  2. cfsStevew

    cfsStevew

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    good effort. Question is - have you been able to apply any of its content to ME studies? Did anything come up with regard to some of the unpopular studies such as PACE?
     
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  3. Tom Kindlon

    Tom Kindlon Senior Member

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    This book came out in 1990. I don't think it had anything on ME and CFS.

    It's a fair question. Unfortunately, I can't remember now what exactly might be relevant.
     
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