Quote of the day: The passage that suddenly made the $40 epidemiology textbook worth it.

“The authors were skeptical about the validity of the responses regarding circumcision status.  To address this question they asked a group of men whether or not they had been circumcised.  The men were then examined by a physician.

Of the 56 men who stated they were circumcised, 19, or 33.9%, were found to be uncircumcised.  Of the 136 men who stated they were not circumcised, 47, or 34.6%, were found to be circumcised.

These data demonstrate that the findings from studies using interview data may not always be clear-cut.”

I picture the author of our epi textbook typing up that last line and then annoying his family the rest of the day by periodically breaking into a gleeful snickering fit.

… “Clear-cut.”  Heh.

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9 thoughts on “Quote of the day: The passage that suddenly made the $40 epidemiology textbook worth it.

  1. As someone that has been paid to write in the past. I am willing to bet the author is still getting a self satisfying chuckle out of that passage.

    We used to live for those moments.

  2. That reminds me of the end of Acland’s dissection of the penis where he looks straight into the camera and says,

    “As you can see, there is more to the penis than meets the eye”.

    And then he gets a little twinkle in his eye! Hahahah

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