That's Showing Those Clinicians

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Abstract

Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1978, Vol 23(11), 812–813. Reviews the book, Clinical Quantitative Methods by Richard W. J. Neufeld (1977). This book discusses various clinical methodological strategies. Turning now to the topics selected and the structure of the book itself, there are 10 major sections and the inevitable appendices dealing with vector and matrix algebra. Considerable space is devoted to the important problems associated with statistical inference in the single-subject situation where repeated measurements on that individual are collected over time. Most of the rest of the book deals with the more standard, but still difficult, procedures comprising multivariate statistical analysis. This book is worth reading. It will be tough sledding for many, but this is more a reflection of the fact that the subject matter is difficult than an indictment of Neufeld. A clinician himself, he stands as an example of what clinicians can achieve in matters methodological. Here's hoping that his fine book will inspire others to take that difficult, but rewarding, journey toward enhanced clinical efficacy. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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