Choice

Let speculation run riot

BMJ 2000; 321 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.321.7260.0 (Published 02 September 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;321:0

An article in the BMJ on improving the discussion section of research papers discussed ways of controlling speculation (6 May, p 1269). But David Horrobin (p 571) asks why speculation is so bad. If speculations are wrong, he says, they disappear. “If they are right they can be the beginnings of new fields of knowledge.” So what new fields of knowledge are there in this week's BMJ?

One surprising finding is that of Mario Deng and colleagues that heart transplants improve survival only in patients at greatest risk of …

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