Margaret A.WinkerMD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthor
To the Editor.—The hypothesis tested by Ms Rosa and colleagues1 was not directly related to the authors' conclusions, and the methods of analysis and their interpretations were not always appropriate.
First, the hypothesis tested whether the TT practitioners could detect which of their hands was being hovered over by the investigator. Because practitioners were not instructed to perform TT on the investigator, the hypothesis cannot test the effectiveness of TT. If TT works well in properly designed blinded clinical trials, then whether practitioners can detect an HEF under conditions of this study does not seem relevant.
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