Waaaay offtopic

Doug Isherwood doug.isherwood-MwcKTmeKVNQ at public.gmane.org
Sat Dec 20 17:05:08 UTC 2003

On Sat, 2003-12-20 at 09:45, Paul King wrote:

> If an "alternative" medicine which people "say" works (anecdotal evidence, 
> which isn't worth much, but may provide basis for study), is proven to be of 
> benefit then it is no longer "alternative". To prove that something is of 
> benefit, you need placebo trials. I would imagine (without really providing 
> proof) that there are likely many medicines that have crossed this line. 

A friend of mine  has a great line in her signature:

"The plural of anecdote is not data."


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