Tuesday, June 29, 2010

2/3 of published medical findings refuted within a few years

From yahoo.news:

To read the factoids David Freedman rattles off in his book Wrong is terrifying. He begins by writing that about two-thirds of the findings published in the top medical journals are refuted within a few years. It gets worse. As much as 90 percent of physicians' medical knowledge has been found to be substantially or completely wrong. In fact, there is a one in 12 chance that a doctor's diagnosis will be so wrong that it causes the patient significant harm. And it's not just medicine. Economists have found that all studies published in economics journals are likely to be wrong.

Yes, when economists make statements about patent law, one can safely disregard the economists.

And, no, Gary Boone did not invent the integrated circuit.


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