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The nomogram epidemic: resurgence of a medical relic.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  18711159     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The obsolete calculators known as nomograms have become epidemic in recent medical literature. The frequency of articles in PubMed retrieved with this search term nearly doubled between 1990 to 1999 and 2000 to 2007. Popular in medicine from about 1925 to 1975, a nomogram is a crude graphical means for solving an equation by placing a straightedge across several scales. Today, most reported nomograms are inconsistent with both established definitions and half a century of clinical use. The need for nomograms disappeared with the advent of personal computing. Instead of constructing nomograms, authors should develop software, such as prediction models, that can either be downloaded to personal digital assistants or be used on the Internet. Modern computing features both accuracy and speed; nomograms offer only the latter.
David A Grimes
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Annals of internal medicine     Volume:  149     ISSN:  1539-3704     ISO Abbreviation:  Ann. Intern. Med.     Publication Date:  2008 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-08-19     Completed Date:  2008-08-22     Revised Date:  2009-03-10    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0372351     Medline TA:  Ann Intern Med     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  273-5     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Family Health International, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina 27709, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Computer Simulation
Terminology as Topic
Comment In:
Ann Intern Med. 2009 Feb 17;150(4):282; author reply 282   [PMID:  19221386 ]

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