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Know Your Chances: Understanding Health Statistics

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Every day we are bombarded by television ads, public service announcements, and media reports warning of dire risks to our health and offering solutions to help us lower those risks. But many of these messages are incomplete, misleading, or exaggerated, leaving the average person misinformed and confused. Know Your Chances is a lively, accessible, and carefully researched book that can help consumers sort through this daily barrage by teaching them how to interpret the numbers behind the messages. In clear and simple steps, the authors all of them staff physicians at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in White River Junction, Vermont take the mystery out of medical statistics. By learning to understand the medical statistics and knowing what questions to ask, readers will be able to see through the hype and find out what if any credible information remains. The book's easy-to-understand charts will help ordinary people put their health concerns into perspective.This short, reader-friendly volume will foster communication between patients and doctors and provide the basic critical-thinking skills necessary for navigating today's confusing health landscape.

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Author Steven Woloshin M.D.M.S., Lisa M. Schwartz M.D.M.S.
Binding Paperback
Condition New
Pages 158
ISBN-13 9780520252226
Publisher University of California Press

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