nos-trum. pronunciation: \nos'-trum\. noun. Etymology: Latin, neuter of noster our, ours.
1. a medicine of secret composition recommended by its preparer but usually without scientific proof of its effectiveness.
2. a usually questionable remedy or scheme.
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Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Medical Quotes v2 - 4 May

 
Talking about how medical research is vetted by reviewers before publication:

"When, as a test, 211 of the British Medical Journal's frequent referees were sent an article purposely tainted with eight presumably detectable problems, the reviewers managed to catch an average of two.  More than half the time, peer reviewers don't even agree on publication worthiness, according to one study of a range of journals; reviewers for the New England Journal of Medicine, for example, see eye to eye only one-fourth of the time."
--Wrong:  Why experts keep failing us..., by David H. Freedman (Little, Brown, & Co, 2010)

Doesn't give you great confidence that the process weeds out poor or inaccurate work, does it?

Doc D
 
 

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