A. C. CORCORAN, M.D., F.A.C.P.; HARRIET P. DUSTAN, M.D.; IRVINE H. PAGE, M.D., F.A.C.P.
Suppose, then, a physician who has a hundred patients prescribes to each of them pills made of some entirely inert substance as starch, for instance. Ninety of them get well, or if he chooses to use such language, he cures ninety of them. It is evident, according to the doctrine of chances, that there must be a considerable number of coincidences between the relief of the patient and the administration of the remedy. It is altogether probable that there will happen two or three very striking coincidences out of the whole ninety cases, in which it would seem evident that
CORCORAN AC, DUSTAN HP, PAGE IH. THE EVALUATION OF ANTIHYPERTENSIVE PROCEDURES, WITH PARTICULAR REFERENCE TO THEIR EFFECTS ON BLOOD PRESSURE1. Ann Intern Med. ;43:1161–1177. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-43-6-1161
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1955;43(6):1161-1177.
Cardiology, Coronary Risk Factors, Hypertension, Nephrology.
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