Alternative treatments in reproductive medicine
The vexing problem of `seemingly impeccable trials....'
Author: Vandenbroucke, J.P.
Source: Human Reproduction, Volume 17, Number 9, September 2002 , pp. 2228-2229(2)
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Abstract:The problem of `seemingly impeccable trials' that produce unbelievable results is approached from basic notions of the philosophy of science: facts and theory are interdependent, and `crucial experiments' do not exist. This does not lead to an `anything goes' attitude, but obliges us to consider arguments and counter-arguments in the spirit of the `crossword' analogy by Susan Haack. The role of editors and readers might be different: while editors might be under some obligation to publish `seemingly impeccable trials', readers are not obliged to accept the findings.
Document Type: Original Article
Affiliations: Department of Clinical Epidemiology, Leiden University Medical Center, C9-P, P.O.Box 9600, 2300 RC Leiden, The Netherlands. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Publication date: September 2002
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