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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: William C. McGaghie, PhD (Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine)
Description: This is the third edition of a practical handbook explaining how to critically read and interpret the research literature in clinical medicine. The author is highly readable.
Purpose: The stated purpose of this text is to provide clinicians with an approach to reading and understanding research articles that appear in medical journals.
Audience: The book is intended for several levels of clinical learners: medical students, residents, and practitioners. It is appropriate for learners in these groups who have little or no knowledge of clinical research methods.
Features: The book is very well written, organized thoughtfully, and contains many clinical examples. It has a detailed index and table of contents. The references cited are pertinent and appropriate.
Assessment: This is a very useful book for medical practitioners, regardless of specialty. It can be used as a primary text for formal instruction or continuing medical education. The book also has great value for self-instruction and as a reference book on the busy clinician's shelf.