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Title I don't know ... yet
Subject Medicine--Philosophy
Description The 44th Annual Frederick William Reynolds Lecture.
Creator Peterson, Chase N.
Publisher Frederick William Reynolds Association
Date 1981-02-11
Date Digital 2008-05-29
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Source R723 .P44
Language eng
Relation Digital reproduction of "I don't know ... yet," J. Willard Marriott Library Special Collections
Rights Digital Image Copyright University of Utah
Metadata Cataloger Seungkeol Choe; Ken Rockwell
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Description observation that by chance the flipping of a coin gave three consecutive heads versus only one tail is taken, put simply, as evidence of a four-sided three-headed coin! Because testing is difficult, because symptoms are often vague, because statistical power often requires collecting numbers of patients beyond the possibility of any practical testing process, we are often simply not able to know for sure about the effectiveness of procedures and substances. Will Vitamin C, in fact, affect the human common cold? We will likely never be able to collect the necessary number of patients, in the millions, to isolate themselves for a long enough period of time so the effect of taking Vitamin C on half as compared a control half not receiving Vitamin C can, in fact, be scientifically measured. In the absence of proof, what are we to do? Are we to remain Daralyzed by our inability to provide precise answers to questions? We first ask if something has been proved to be helpful and, if so, vhat is the ratio of benefit to harm within the range of medicine or he procedure â€" the therapeutic ratio. Lacking that evidence, we tsk if something can be proved at least to be harmless, whether it is lelpful or not. Kenny packs for the treatment of polio in the 1940's ire an example of a therapeutic modality which was thought to be lelpful but, at least, was known to be harmless. We now find that it vas not helpful in any scientific sense, although the tender loving are attendant upon the administration of hot, moist blankets may veil have done wonders for the emotional status of a polio victim. hepatitis was rampant in WWII and some postulated that low-fat liets would put the liver to rest while it recuperated from the tepatitis virus. An associate of mine was once sent to review the indings of patients on one such hepatitis ward. The results of the lleged low-fat diet did initially seem to be slightly better than with ther forms of care. On the day of his visit my friend left his briefcase n the Ward by mistake and came back later that night to retrieve it, nly to find all the patients out of bed, lined up to receive large eanut butter sandwiches. When asked what was going on, the Army orpsmen said, "some crazy doctor put these people on low-fat diets nd anyone knows that is bad for hepatitis," so he was sneaking in ats of peanut butter to give people the fats the corpsman knew they eeded. The patients obviously liked the peanut better, and their sal regimen hardly confirmed the scientific efficacy of the low-fat iet.27 It turns out that neither low-fat nor high-fat diets have any gnificant effect on the outcome of hepatitis. Aspirin is another sample. It was thought a few years ago that aspirin would prevent
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