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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Edward W. Bermes, Jr., PhD (Loyola University Medical Center)
Description: This book explains how to maintain a scientific record of data that will withstand the challenges of review from peers, as well as federal and regulatory agencies.
Purpose: This text is designed to sensitize the student of science to data collection and data maintenance. The authors describe, with examples, the need for accurate record keeping. The various agencies that may be "looking over your shoulder" are elicited in the book.
Audience: Although the stated audience is research scientists, it would be much better if students (either graduate or undergraduate) were exposed to this material. Anyone involved in the generation and handling of research data could benefit from the material contained in this book.
Features: The book is very well referenced. Many useful examples of forms are shown.
Assessment: The authors do a good job of explaining, with appropriate historical examples, the need for good recordkeeping in the scientific arena. In the main body of the book, the authors attempt to cover the topics from every point of view, and as such tend to be a little superficial considering only 85 pages (including index and appendix) are used. However, it is well referenced for the serious student.