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Medicine 101: Words, numbers and journals

Presentation from the workshop Medicine 101: Words, numbers and journals at Health Journalism 2007. Includes information about understanding and using medical language, what you need to know about risks, rates and ratios, statistical errors and understanding medical publications.


  • Barbara Gastel, M.D., coordinator, Science Journalism Program, Texas A&M University
  • Roy M. Pitkin, M.D., editor emeritus, Obstetrics & Gynecology; professor emeritus, UCLA
  • Tom Lang, author, How to Report Statistics in Medicine: Annotated Guidelines for Authors, Editors and Reviewers
  • Moderator: Susan Brink, health reporter, Los Angeles Times

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