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Comparing apples and oranges: a randomised prospective study

BMJ 2000; 321 doi: (Published 23 December 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;321:1569
  1. James E Barone (, surgeon in chief
  1. Stamford Hospital, Stamford, CT 06904, USA

For many years the comparison of apples and oranges was thought to be impossible. Many authors use the analogy of the putative inability to compare apples and oranges as a means of scornfully reviewing the work of others. The titles of some recent publications 1 2 suggest an actual comparison of apples and oranges, but the authors do not, in fact, compare these two fruits. Our laboratory has been interested in this problem for many years. We attempted numerous pilot studies (unpublished data) but had not accomplished a true comparison until now. At last, successful comparison of apples and oranges has been achieved and is the subject of this report.

Methods and results

We investigated …

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