Editor's choiceBMJ 1996; 313 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.313.7071.0 (Published 14 December 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:0
The real world of brain tumours and mentally ill prisoners
We are keen at the BMJ to be part of what is known as the real world-a place of pain, poverty, cruelty, compromise, and surprise, where things don't work out as they do in randomised controlled trials or textbooks. Several papers in this issue reek of the real world.
Randomised trials have shown that radiotherapy will prolong survival in adults with malignant glioma, the …