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Rapid response to:


The idolatry of the surrogate

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 28 December 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d7995

Rapid Response:

Re: The idolatry of the surrogate

The authors are correctly questioning the explanatory holy trial, which treats the individual as a biological being not a human one. Though this be method, yet there be madness in it when the end is redefined to justify the means.

Competing interests: No competing interests

01 January 2012
Jack Dowie
Professor Emeritus Health Impact Analysis
London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
15-17 Tavistock Place London WC1H 9SH