Filler Christmas 2008: Formative Years

NICE—National Institute of Coordinated Experiments

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: (Published 05 December 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a2778
  1. David A White, consultant in child and adolescent psychiatry
  1. 1Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust, Alder Hey, Liverpool L12 2AP
  1. Correspondence to: David.White{at}

    C S Lewis’s fantasy book That Hideous Strength, published in 1945, centres on a controversial scientific and medical organisation called NICE, which promised to transform the wellbeing of people in Britain.

    Lewis’s NICE—the National Institute of Coordinated Experiments—emphasised its independence from the British parliament. It had some boffins running the show thinking they knew best for the general population. Its workings were secretive, yet it asked the …

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