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Medical Decision Making [Paperback]

Harold C. Sox , Keith Marton , Marshal Blatt , M Higgins

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15 Dec 2006 1930513798 978-1930513792 1st
Since it was first published in 1988, "Medical Decision Making" has become the world-wide standard textbook for medical decision making. Written to meet the needs of medical students and experienced clinicians alike, this book is a clearly presented, step-by-step guide to understanding how, through the processes of decision analysis, a physician can reach valid, reasoned conclusions about medical treatment despite imperfect information about the patient. The focus of "Medical Decision Making" is on estimating probability, measuring the inaccuracy of clinical data, and interpreting new information, then making choices: should the patient be treated, should more information be obtained, or should nothing be done? The authors make extensive use of clinical examples to illustrate Bayesian analysis, formal decision analysis, and basic concepts of how to evaluate the usefulness of diagnostic tests in various situations. The text is supplemented with many illustrations, useful end-of-chapter self-assessment questions, an appendix giving the sensitivity and specificity of nearly 100 diagnostic tests, and a selective annotated bibliography directing the reader to significant articles in the current literature.

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  • Paperback: 406 pages
  • Publisher: American College of Physicians; 1st edition (15 Dec 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1930513798
  • ISBN-13: 978-1930513792
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 15.2 x 2.2 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,922,147 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"...comprehensive, clinically relevant, and lucid introductory text." -- Annals of Internal Medicine --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Simple easy reading 26 April 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Having read a number of books in the area of medical decision making, I feel this book by Sox et al...is one of the most useful book on the subject.. It is very readable and provides worked out examples which carry the reader through the steps involved in decision analysis.... With the limited number of books on the subject, I think its a must for people in the field of medical decision making.
4.0 out of 5 stars Nicely explained for those MDs who can't access or don't trust computers for the number-crunching 8 July 2013
By Lakeside Duchess - Published on Amazon.com
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Sox gives a good background and explanation for the "how-to" in calculating probabilities for diagnosis and treatment. He explains why using the data and using it properly is far more likely to lead to a correct diagnosis than merely going with the gut and heuristics. Of course, as computer programs get more sophisticated, we can move the number-crunching responsibilities away from the docs and let them do what they do best - the human side of medicine. The writing style is both entertaining and easy to understand. A good read for anyone who wishes to understand what a physician should be doing when presenting his/her opinion and a diagnosis.
5.0 out of 5 stars Quick delivery and perfect condition 6 April 2013
By Ana Alicia Agarrat - Published on Amazon.com
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This item was delivered at the expected date and it was in perfect condition. I am glad that I was able to receive the book so quickly since it was a necessary book for a course that I am taking.
The book itself is very easy to read and has illustrations to help make the concepts easier to understand. I am delighted with my purchase.
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