ROBERT L. NORTH, M.D.
To the editor: Dr. Morrelli's discourse on propranolol (1) is an interesting one. Two pages of references accompany a three-page contribution, the major substance of which is a set of rather offhand opinions and recommendations, for which little documentation is provided. "The physician in practice may experiment. . . ."; "The FDA should not be unduly pressured. . . ."; "the willingness of medical journals to publish uncritical studies . . . ."
Virtually identical comments could be made about any drug in the pharmacopeia. Different studies do indeed show conflicting results, and it is doubtful that any drug is
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NORTH RL. Drug Effectiveness and Safety. Ann Intern Med. 1973;79:455–456. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-79-3-455_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1973;79(3):455-456.
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