Measuring Medical Education. The Tests and the Experience of the National Board of Medical Examiners. Second Edition. pages. Lea & Febiger, Philadelphia, 1978. Price, not given.

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An account of the development of the National Board of Medical Examiners' examination principles and procedures (including how its committees function and the examination questions are written); illustrations of question types; description of scoring, analysis, and validation methods; and discussions of evaluation at the graduate and continuing-education levels, with particular attention to public accountability. Several sections on how to prepare questions should be read by academic physicians with responsibilities for writing examinations, notably those with questions of the patient-management problem type.

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