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This piece by one of my favorite science writers, oncologist Siddhartha Mukherjee, is a poignant and insightful look at failed clinical trials.

“The cosmos yields human drugs rarely and begrudgingly,” he writes, “and when a candidate fails to work, it is as if yet another chemical morsel of the universe has been thrown into the Dumpster.”


He then goes on to explain the allure of “post-hoc” analysis, or adjusting the research goals to look for the subset of patients for whom the trial was successful.

I highly recommend it.

Recommended Reading