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Know Your Chances: Understanding Health…

Know Your Chances: Understanding Health Statistics

by Steven Woloshin M.D.M.S.

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142 pages indexed. This a book worth buying. Clearly written using simple math. "The goal of this book is to help understand health information by teaching you how to understand the medical statistics on which the medical claims are based. by learning to understand the numbers and knowing what to ask you will be able to see through the hype and find the credible information if there is any. " The book does this job very well. It can be used by anyone who has ever been sick and needed to make a choice between drugs or needed to decide if a course treatment would be useful. It could also be used by math teachers and science teachers to show how the use math can influence life and death decision making. Buy this book .
  Cataloger623 | Nov 8, 2014 |
This book is okay as far as it goes, but it appears to have been written for high-school-age students or younger. There's no indication on the cover or in the introduction of its elementary approach. ( )
  Luciana43 | Mar 14, 2009 |
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Every day we are bombarded by television ads, public service announcements, and media reports warning of dire risks to our health and offering solutions to help us lower those risks. But many of these messages are incomplete, misleading, or exaggerated, leaving the average person misinformed and confused. Know Your Chances is a lively, accessible, and carefully researched book that can help consumers sort through this daily barrage by teaching them how to interpret the numbers behind the messages. In clear and simple steps, the authors--all of them staff physicians at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in White River Junction, Vermont--take the mystery out of medical statistics. By learning to understand the medical statistics and knowing what questions to ask, readers will be able to see through the hype and find out what--if any--credible information remains. The book's easy-to-understand charts will help ordinary people put their health concerns into perspective.This short, reader-friendly volume will foster communication between patients and doctors and provide the basic critical-thinking skills necessary for navigating today's confusing health landscape.

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How to see through the hype in medical news, ads, and public service announcements" boasts the cover of this accessible and reader-friendly book by Dartmouth Medical School faculty and researchers Woloshin, Lisa M. Schwartz, M.D., and H. Gilbert Welch, M.D. The authors here set out to correct these shortcomings by explaining how to understand risk, judge the benefit of health interventions, and consider outcomes.… (more)

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