Innumeracy in Medicine
Overheard in the physicians' lounge:
Doc #1: I think I make just above the median for my specialty.
Doc #2: Very few people make more than the median in [my specialty].
Me: (butting in incredulously) But by definition, 50% make more than the median.
Doc#2: Well, yeah, but the median is skewed by a very few people at the top who make an inordinate amount.
Me: No, that's the average.
Doc #2: Oh, yeah. Well, I meant the average.
I'm sure he did, but then he's misinterpreting the data when he reads reports of median income in his specialty, or median anything. Sheeez!