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Psychiatric treatments and other stories . . .

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h4017 (Published 30 July 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h4017

Investigators from Japan selected 83 highly cited studies claiming effective psychiatric treatments from 2000 to the end of 2002. They then searched for subsequent studies with a better controlled design or a similar design but a larger sample (British Journal of Psychiatry 2015, doi:10.1192/bjp.bp.113.143701). Among these 83 articles, 40 had not been subject to any attempt at replication, 16 were contradicted, 11 were found to have substantially smaller effects, and only 16 were replicated. No wonder that there is so much literature questioning the effectiveness and safety of common psychiatric treatments.

The Red Journal is not a bulletin for academic Marxists but the semi-official name of the International Journal of Radiation Oncology. Remarkably, 12 pages of the August issue (2015;92:951-2; doi:10.1016/j.ijrobp.2015.05.048) are taken up by letters related to the long term results of the TARGIT-A trial, which were reported in the Lancet in February 2014. These were interpreted as …

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