Angry Doctor

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

All-Cause Mortality

drug-pusher: The latest study shows that there is no difference in cardiovascular death rates between the group on our product and the control group, but there is a significant reduction in all-cause mortality in those patients on our product.

angry doc: I see... but the higher number of deaths in the control group were all due to injuries from falls sustained by patients while walking down the stairs in your research building!

drug-pusher: We are quite sure they didn't get a heart attack while falling down.

angry doc: ...

drug-pusher: Would you like some more free pens?

angry doc: So what else are you pushing today?


  • hah, i got alot of free pens too from the drug reps, hmmm some sample drugs also not too bad eh~ reminds me of cofm days to question all papers shown =P

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At November 28, 2006 8:08 pm  

  • It is ironic that the "selective meta-analysis" of research on Vitamin E used exactly the same argument as your example to say that Vitamin E was harmful!

    All-cause mortality is a load of BS! Includes people dying from car accidents, sports accidents, etc!

    By Blogger Dr Oz bloke, At November 29, 2006 9:27 am  

  • Strange. All-cause mortality is usually regarded as superior to disease-specific mortality. It's easier to fudge the latter. - silver

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At November 29, 2006 10:09 pm  

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