Autoimmune Thyroid Disease

An Unfortunate and Lengthy Adventure in Misdiagnosis

Parachutes

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A serious point from an amusing medical review:

Only two options exist. The first is that we accept that, under exceptional circumstances, common sense might be applied when considering the potential risks and benefits of interventions. The second is that we continue our quest for the holy grail of exclusively evidence based interventions and preclude parachute use outside the context of a properly conducted trial. The dependency we have created in our population may make recruitment of the unenlightened masses to such a trial difficult. If so, we feel assured that those who advocate evidence based medicine and criticise use of interventions that lack an evidence base will not hesitate to demonstrate their commitment by volunteering for a double blind, randomised, placebo controlled, crossover trial. Parachute use to prevent death and major trauma related to gravitational challenge: systematic review of randomised controlled trials

“Individuals who insist that all interventions need to be validated by a randomised controlled trial need to come down to earth with a bump.”

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Written by alienrobotgirl

13 November, 2006 at 2:45 pm

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