Intended for healthcare professionals

Editorial

Reforming research ethics committees

BMJ 2005; 331 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.331.7517.587 (Published 15 September 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:587

Scientific Studies

Let's recognize that scientific studies have many defects. First,
scientific studies
often reflect the bias of the scientist who conducts the study and
the financial
interests of the sponsor who pays for the study. For example,
studies that
recommend coffee are often conducted by scientists who drink
coffee and are
funded by coffee companies. Second, scientific studies ignore
competing
scientific theories. For example, pharmaceutical studies ignore
osteopathy,
homeopathy, naturopathy, acupuncture, and nutrition. Third, many
scientific
studies lack logic, predictability, and reliability, all of which are
essential to the
scientific method. For example, fifty percent of all scientific
studies are
contradicted by subsequent scientific studies, subjecting the
public to
misinformation, confusion, and apprehension. We must not
surrender our
common sense and independence to every scientific study or
theory. Life and
health are infinitely more complex than scientists realize or
admit. A lot of
science is just "lab oratory."

Competing interests:
None declared

Competing interests: No competing interests

07 November 2007
Hugh Mann
Physician
Eagle Rock, MO 65641 USA