Questioning Medical Literature

“It is simply no longer possible to believe much of the clinical research that is published, or to rely on the judgment of trusted physicians or authoritative medical guidelines. I take no pleasure in this conclusion, which I reached slowly and reluctantly over my two decades as an editor of The New England Journal of Medicine.” — Marcia Angell

How’s that for questioning medicine, eh? The rest of Angell’s piece will be just as shocking if you’re someone who thinks the medical and scientific communities are so scholarly and can simply do no harm with their so-called randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, peer-reviewed studies. Actually, they can do a great deal of harm and their obfuscation is no replacement for trust and transparency.

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