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Human Experimentation

A Guided Step into the Unknown
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Human Experimentation: A Guided Step into the Unknown by William Silverman
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The 'randomized clinical trial' is the process whereby a selection of patients, chosen purely at random, are tested either for the presence of a disease, or for the examination of the effects of new drugs or therapies. In this book, the author makes a plea for wider use of randomized clinical trials when introducing any new therapy. He cites many examples of how careful trials can overturn preconceived or ill-conceived notions of a therapy's effectiveness and how trials can lead to a clearer comprehension of clinical anomalies. The author gives careful guidance on how to avoid pitfalls and much useful information on how trials can be set up. His own expertise comes from tackling the problems of certain visual defects in the new-born. From reviews of the hardback edition: 'A clear well written exposition of the problems that face a clinical investigator and of the possible ways of solving them...The compelling quality of Silverman's book is his philosophical attitude that gives it life' British Medical Journal 'An engaging and well written account of an important part of modern medical research.' Lancet

Table of Contents

"Knowing" in medicine; Framing the question; Representative patients; Controlled comparison; Intervention; Accurate observation; The event of interest; Confoundment; The stopping rule; Inferential decision; Extrapolation of trial results; The ethics of human experimentation; Criticism; Appendix: the story of retrolental fibroplasia.
Release date Australia
October 31st, 1986
Audiences
  • Postgraduate, Research & Scholarly
  • Professional & Vocational
  • Undergraduate
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Edition
New edition
Illustrations
halftones, figures
Imprint
Oxford University Press
Pages
250
Dimensions
150x230x11
ISBN-13
9780192616364
Product ID
14852428

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