Remember the null hypothesis

BMJ 2007; 335 doi: (Published 30 August 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:450
  1. Steve Ramplin, senior house officer, Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle upon Tyne
  1. steveramplin{at}

    My curiosity turned to excitement: I imagined my name in lights or, even more prestigious, the BMJ.

    My eagerness concerned the case of a 65 year old man with alcohol dependency and comorbid depression. He had resumed drinking 12 months after having stopped because of an aortic dissection. The trigger for his relapse was his arrest for shoplifting.

    His account of his crime was somewhat confused. On entering a large department store, …

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