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Posted July 6, 2005
The authors provide an exciting and interesting text, but it seems they are susceptible to the same misuse of statistics for which they so vigorously criticize others. For example, they note that radiation reduces the risk of death from breast cancer, but increases the risk of death due to other causes, notably heart disease. Therefore, they conclude that radiation is more harmful than beneficial, and dismiss it with a cliche. Most patients who read this misleading information will WANT to believe the conclusion, however, and will not bother to think critically about the statement, or even attempt to learn important basics of statistics and trial interpretation. They may neglect to do so at their own risk.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.