How to Dissect Surgical Journals

This series of articles by the Journal's Editor in Chief, Professor John C Hall, provides a context for the critical evaluation of the surgical literature.

Section 1: Looking for landmarks

1 Getting Started
2 The Publishing Enterprise
3 The Contents of Surgical Journals
4 Original Articles

Section 2: Sharpening the blade

5 Patients
6 Data
7 The Concept of Outcome
8 Comparing Outcomes
9 Sample Size
10 Evaluating Associations
11 Risk

Section 3: Making the cut

12 Diagnostic Tests
13 Economic analyses
14 Clinical Trials
15 Review Articles
16 The Way Forward

The author would like to thank Professors John Ludbrook, Jeff Harmdorf, and Cameron Platell for their generous help and guidance.

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