In Doctors are not experts on life expectancy1 David Strauss and Robert Shavelle noted that some clinicians testifying as expert witnesses on life expectancy did not have a very good grasp of the subject. As a result some were providing confusing and/or surprising opinions. The authors provided a number of examples. We can confirm that such misstatements continue to be made in this setting today, but the question of whether doctors are experts on life expectancy is not settled by such examples.
MUSINGS - REVELATIONS - REVIEWS
Well, it’s October, and the World Series is under way. Good time to talk baseball I’d say. So here’s a blast from my own past on the subject: Simpson’s Paradox and Major Leagues Baseball’s Hall of Fame.1
We recently had the pleasure of attending a seminar by one of the world’s experts on the presentation of quantitative data and information. At turns witty, sardonic, or professorial, “ET” (as he is affectionately known by his fans) was entertaining and informative in Presenting Data and Information: A One Day Course Taught by Edward Tufte.