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The Patient Paradox: Why Sexed Up Medicine is Bad for Your Health
The Patient Paradox: Why Sexed Up Medicine is Bad for Your Health
by Margaret McCartney
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.99

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "The Patient Paradox" provides an unbiased view., 8 April 2012
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What Margaret McCartney has to say is important. She gives a clear evidence based explanation of the little reported dis-benefits of medical screening, of the dangers of the mass prescription of drugs such as statins and the way in which the drug companies use charities to front their PR campaigns. She also explains how politicians fall into the trap of pushing simplistic solutions to complex and often counter-intuitive medical issues.

She has a clear grasp of medical statistics and the ability to explain the statistical evidence to her readers. In particular, she clearly explains the confusion arising from the difference between relative and absolute statistics.

However, her greatest strength is that her only bias is that of a Glasgow GP. There are many bloggers and writers commenting in this field but all too often their persuasive analysis misuses the evidence and is followed by a pitch for their own fish oil supplement, subscriber only newsletter or rejuvenating health course.


Software Testing Fundamentals: Methods and Metrics (Computer Science)
Software Testing Fundamentals: Methods and Metrics (Computer Science)
by Marnie L. Hutcheson
Edition: Paperback
Price: 23.65

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good practical introduction to Test Methods and Metrics, 24 Aug 2003
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For its price, this is an excellent introduction to testing methods and metrics. It does not pretend to be comprehensive but what it does cover it explains very well with examples. It is also pragmatic in that it presents the theory in a way that takes account of real testing environments by using case studies.
However, the advertised web site is very weak. Apart from a few templates, there are no worksheets (promised on the back of the book). There are no discusion topics because the ordinary web user does not have access to add a discussion item and there are no links to other sites of interest. As I expressly bought the book because I needed worksheets for exam practice, this was disappointing. A site called "testersparadise" should deliver more than this.


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