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<i>The gatekeeper’s brouhaha</i>

William A. Silverman

in Where's the Evidence?

Published in print April 1999 | ISBN: 9780192630889
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780191723568 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192630889.003.0029
The gatekeeper’s brouhaha

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This chapter presents a 1994 commentary on the machinations that go on in the conduct and reporting of clinical trials. A clinical trial is used to illustrate that temptations to circumvent the rules of evidence are particularly great when huge sums of money in drug sales depend on trial outcomes. It also suggests that peer review of the quality evidence is weaker than we are willing to admit.

Keywords: clinical trials; medical practice; medical research; peer review

Chapter.  2066 words. 

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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