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Many of us first learned about the importance of medical research on ward rounds. Those who could quickly quote the latest article on a relevant topic earned rapid renown. We now realize that uncritically quoting published articles is not necessarily a sign of wisdom. Recent works on clinical epidemiology have shown that the design of the research is crucial in interpreting its results, and that the discussion section of an original article may reveal the investigators' biases while concealing deficiencies in their research design and data. The critical reader needs to form his or her own impression.
Human Experimentation delves
Human Experimentation: A Guided Step into the Unknown.. Ann Intern Med. ;104:732. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-104-5-732_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1986;104(5):732.
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