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Know Your Chances

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What This Book Is About PART ONE. WHAT IS MY RISK? 1. Understanding Risk 2. Putting Risk in Perspective 3. Risk Charts: A Way to Get Perspective PART TWO. CAN I REDUCE MY RISK? 4. Judging the Benefit of a Health Intervention 5. Not All Benefits Are Equal: Understand the Outcome PART THREE. DOES RISK REDUCTION HAVE DOWNSIDES? 6. Consider the Downsides 7. Do the Benefits Outweigh the Downsides? PART FOUR. DEVELOPING A HEALTHY SKEPTICISM 8. Beware of Exaggerated Importance 9. Beware of Exaggerated Certainty 10. Who's Behind the Numbers? EXTRA HELP Quick Summary Glossary Number Converter Risk Charts Credible Sources of Health Statistics Notes Index

About the Author

Steven Woloshin, MD, MS, Lisa Schwartz, MD, MS, and H. Gilbert Welch, MD, MPH, are general internists, faculty members at Dartmouth Medical School, and researchers in the VA Outcomes Group, Department of Veterans Affairs, White River Junction, Vermont. Woloshin and Schwartz have written many articles together for leading medical journals, and Welch is the author of Should I Be Tested for Cancer? Maybe Not and Here's Why (UC Press).


"Short and simple... Present(s) the basic skills necessary in navigating today's confusing health-media landscape. " Library Journal " Delightful and educational reading, simple enough for laypeople to understand yet academic enough to meet the needs of ... students." -- L. Synovitz Choice "Know Your Chances is an accessible and empowering text." Journal Of Biosocial Science "A great reminder that ... medical claims should always be evaluated by how they affect you and your current state of health." Tampa Tribune "A great reminder that ... medical claims should always be evaluated by how they affect you and your current state of health." Highlands Today "Read this book first and then think again." Time Magazine

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