Quantification and the Quest for Medical Certainty

Princeton University Press, 1995

Brief description:

Here Matthews addresses the problem arising when clinicians, physiologists, and bacteriologists all share an antipathy toward the clinical trial methods of the statistician. Viewing medical judgment as a form of "tacit knowledge," they downplayed the medical statistician's attempts to make medical inference into something explicit and quantitative. However, Matthews concludes that it is only when "medical decision-making" moves from the cloistered confines of professional medical expertise into open debate that the benefits of the medical statistician (and the clinical trial) are best revealed.