Statistical Malpractice ­ 'Firearm Availability' and Violence (Part I): Politics or Science?

Journal/Website: and Hacienda Publishing
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Tuesday, March 12, 2002

"There is a worrying trend in academic medicine which equates statistics with science, and sophistication in quantitative procedure with research excellence. The corollary of this trend is a tendency to look for answers to medical problems from people with expertise in mathematical manipulation and information technology, rather than from people with an understanding of disease and its causes.