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    the patient is randomized either to (A) the conventional treatment -- the standard one she would have gotten anyway, outside of the trial, or (B) the experimental treatment. 'No treatment' is usually not a wing of the study, unless of course we're talking about a disease for which there are no helpful treatments.

    But, yes, there have been some spectacular failures in clinical trials -- I'm specifically thinking about some of the gene therapy trials.

    We drew our heavy revolvers (suddenly in the dream there were revolvers) and exultantly killed the gods. -- Jorge Luis Borges, Ragnarok

    by Hobbitfoot on Sun Jan 21, 2007 at 01:15:03 PM PST

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