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There is a sort of rhythm in the literature of medicine. For example, the life cycle of a new therapy. The new method gains enthusiastic adherents who issue a series of laudatory reports. Then a reaction sets in, critics arise, controversy develops. Often a series of disparaging reports leads to the gradual abandonment of the therapy and a repetition of this cycle with some new candidate.
This periodic rise and fall applies not only to therapies but to technics and theories as well. Evidently this process is wasteful of the limited resources available for medical research. In this sense the
Principles of Medical Statistics.. Ann Intern Med. ;35:1161. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-35-5-1161_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1951;35(5):1161.
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