How Science Works: Evaluating Evidence in Biology and Medicine

Paperback | May 28, 2004

byStephen H. Jenkins

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One week, red wine is good for the heart. The next week, new reports say it's bad for the health. So which is true? Anyone who's ever read science news with fascination, or who's ever been confounded by conflicting stories will appreciate this book. Taking a look at some true to lifecontemporary news stories, the author assesses recent studies on topics ranging from vitamin C and caffeine to pollution and cancer. With straight talk and a passion for the whole project of science, he demysifies the cult of the expert and sheds light on the nitty-gritty details of scientificprocesses. Any scientist loves a challenge, but the biggest challenge of all, observes Jenkins, is shared by scientists and nonscientitsts alike: how to make practical decisions in light of ambiguous evidence. Promising no simple answers, this book does offer excellent food for thought for peoplepondering that next glass of wine.

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One week, red wine is good for the heart. The next week, new reports say it's bad for the health. So which is true? Anyone who's ever read science news with fascination, or who's ever been confounded by conflicting stories will appreciate this book. Taking a look at some true to lifecontemporary news stories, the author assesses re...

Stephen H. Jenkins is at University of Nevada, Reno.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 5.98 × 9.09 × 0.79 inPublished:May 28, 2004Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195158954

ISBN - 13:9780195158953

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. Do Vitamin C and Other Antioxidants Benefit Health?3. Can Police Dogs Identify Criminal Suspects by Smell? Using Experiments to Test Hypotheses about Animal Behavior4. Why Are Frogs in Trouble? Complementary Observations and Experiments to Test Hypotheses in Ecology5. How do Animals Find Stored Food? Strong Inference by Testing Alternative Hypotheses6. What Causes Cancer? The Complexities of Causation7. Why Do We Age? Different Levels of Causation as Complementary Explanations8. How Does Coffee Affect Health? Combining Results of Multiple Studies9. How Will Climate Change Affect the Spread of Human Diseases? Models and the Perils of Prediction10. Conclusion: How Science Works and Its Role in SocietyAppendix 1. Using Data for Twins to Estimate Genetic and Environmental Contributions to the Risk of CancerAppendix 2. Precision and the Power of Statistical TestsNotesReferencesIndex