Monday, October 25, 2010

Is Most Medical Research Flawed?

The Atlantic Monthly has a fascinating profile of "meta-researcher" Dr. John Ioannidis, who has devoted his career to exposing the flaws found at every stage of published medical research. His respected work discovers that most medical papers are upended and that even nearly half of the absolutely most rigorous studies are fatally flawed. That's why one week you'll read that salt raises blood pressure and the next week that a new study shows that it doesn't and a week later a study that confuses you even more. Read "Lies, Damned Lies and Medical Science."