Interpreting the Medical Literature: Fifth Edition

Cut Through the Complexities of Medical Studies!


Enhance your understanding and utilization of the information in medical journals with Stephen Gehlbach’s Interpreting the Medical Literature. Written in a clear and entertaining style, this popular guide cuts through the complex language of research studies and makes reading medical publications a rewarding and pleasurable experience.


  • Comprehend medical literature and evaluate the significance of any study
  • Read research reports more quickly and easily
  • Make sense of dense, scientific prose
  • Learn about study design, measurement, statistical analysis, and interpretation
  • Sharpen your analytical skills on current and classic medical studies
  • Reinforce your knowledge of concepts with examples from actual medical literature
  • New to the Fifth Edition: a chapter on how to interpret conflicting studies; expanded discussions of meta-analysis and developing consensus; updated figures and charts

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    3 comments for “Interpreting the Medical Literature: Fifth Edition

    1. SouthTemple
      February 15, 2013 at 2:16 AM

      Great book for medical epidemiology! I bought this book because I had no training in statistics and was feeling frustrated by having to memorize meaningless things for exams. I mean, that the short term memorization of sensitivity/specificity, prevalence, odds rations, these kinds of things was hard for me and then I would forget what they meant immediately after the exam.That is not the best way to learn medical stats. So, in despair I looked for a good book to actually learn what is behind the short-hand notation I had been learning. This book actually teaches what it all means! The author is also pretty friendly and funny and I found that his humor was really helpful for absorbing the points he was making. He took the basic information and expanded it, so that now I really do understand the different studies and how to interpret their results. Well, I am no expert but at least I have a decent working knowledge of what is behind a research article. Good book, and it explains things very well.

    2. Achilles
      February 15, 2013 at 8:42 AM

      Very Beneficial Book! I purchased this book for my Literature Evaluation course in grad school and it has proved to be extremely helpful and beneficial. I’ve talked to some of the upperclassmen who purchased the book last year and they still use it on rotations and for journal clubs. From my understanding, none of the upperclassmen were willing to sell their books because they felt it was such a valuable resource for them. If you spend time actually trying to understand the material in the book, it will be of great benefit to you. One of the great things about it is the use of an abundant amount of examples from studies and trials to outline the points made by the authors. This really helps facilitate better understanding of the concepts presented. I’d highly recommend this book for anyone who is interested in learning how to critically evaluate studies and trials for the purposes of topic discussion, case presentations, or journal clubs.

    3. Anonymous
      February 15, 2013 at 9:02 AM

      Hard to read. Has good chapters on how to write a paper, but the overall readability and helpfullness is average.

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