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BMJ 1995; 311 doi: (Published 11 November 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:1302
  1. T W Meade,
  2. Sandra Dyer,
  3. Wendy Browne,
  4. A O Frank
  1. Director Statistician Research nurse MRC Epidemiology and Medical Care Unit, Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine, Medical College of St Bartholomew's Hospital, London EC1M 6BQ
  2. Consultant in rheumatology and rehabilitation Northwick Park Hospital, Harrow, Middlesex HA1 3UJ

    EDITOR,--Comparing like with like is a requirement for the randomly allocated groups of patients but not for the treatments, which can be as similar or different as circumstances dictate. We compared the general approaches of chiropractic and hospital treatment for two main reasons. One reason was the absence of evidence of the efficacy of chiropractic despite its growing popularity …

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