A World Without Statistics

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In his 1865 book An Introduction to the Study of Experimental Medicine, Claude Bernard, the French scientist often called the father of modern medicine, argued against the use of “statistics” in medicine.

Interestingly, Bernard was really arguing against poor statistical practice at the time in observational clinical studies and for using the scientific method in laboratory investigations based on many ideas that are statistical in nature. He argued against the misuse of statistics that