Biomedical Research: How to plan, publish and present it by William F. Whimster MA, MD (Cantab), FRCP (Lond), FRCPath

By William F. Whimster MA, MD (Cantab), FRCP (Lond), FRCPath (auth.)

It is a special excitement to be invited to arrange a quick Foreword to Biomedical study: easy methods to plan, submit and current it, by way of William F. Whimster. 90 years have elapsed considering that T. Clifford Allbutt, the Regius Professor of Physic on the college of Cambridge, released his c1assic paintings of 1904 Notes at the Composition of clinical Papers. Small in dimension, yet deep in knowledge, it is still a remarkably necessary, if a little bit outdated, booklet, nonetheless weIl worthy studying. on the grounds that 1904, and especially within the final 25 years, there was an avalanche of books on clinical variety. Medawar has aptly saw that "most scientists don't know easy methods to write, insofar as sort betrays I' homme meme, they write as though they hated writing and wish­ ed not anything greater than to have performed with it. " Whimster's ebook has a broader aim than so much of this style. not like Allbutt, who used to be addressing broadly speaking those that have been writing their theses to acquire the MD, Whimster writes for the younger clinical scientists who're making plans and writing up an account in their study, both for pub­ lication in clinical journals, or for presentation of the clinical fabric at conferences. Whimster, a scientist and an skilled lengthy­ time period technology editor, has written an up to date model of an prior and intensely profitable quantity, study, tips to Plan, converse and Write approximately It, edited through C. Hawkins and M. Sorgi.

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Meta-analysis is one of the techniques used in systematic reviews of research evidence (Chalmers and Altman, 1995). Continuously updated reviews, as exemplified by the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, can shorten the time between medical research discoveries and clinical implementation of effective diagnostic or treatment strategies. Thus 33 trials of streptokinase for acute myocardial infarction produced a sampIe size of 36,974 patients with an impressively favourable result, although individual trials had as few as 23 patients.

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