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Investing in Clinical Science: Make Way for (Not-So-Uncommon) OutliersInvesting in Clinical Science

Michael S. Lauer, MD
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From National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, Bethesda, Maryland.

Disclaimer: The views expressed in this editorial are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of the NHLBI, the National Institutes of Health, or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Disclosures: Disclosures can be viewed at www.acponline.org/authors/icmje/ConflictOfInterestForms.do?msNum=M14-0655.

Requests for Single Reprints: Michael S. Lauer, MD, Division of Cardiovascular Sciences, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, 6701 Rockledge Drive, Room 8128, Bethesda, MD 20892; e-mail, lauerm@nhlbi.nih.gov.

Ann Intern Med. 2014;160(9):651-652. doi:10.7326/M14-0655
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In this issue, Roth and colleagues assess the clinical and economic effects of the Women's Health Initiative estrogen plus progestin trial. The editorialist discusses the findings and notes that large investments in such trials should be given a chance because no one can know which trials will yield the greatest returns.

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