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December 2006

Evidence-Based Dermatology: Some Problems With Research

Arch Dermatol. 2006;142(12):1650-1666. doi:10.1001/archderm.142.12.1650-a

Sam Gibbs1 is to be congratulated on his research commentary “Breakthrough in the Treatment of Warts” published in the June issue of the ARCHIVES. The flaws in the original article2 are so significant that one wonders how it survived the peer-review process and made it to print. Surely no patient will ever benefit from the findings. It is poignant that the commentary appears in the same volume of the ARCHIVES as an article assessing the frequency of statistical errors in the dermatological literature.3 I applaud the ARCHIVES for being so open and honest about some of its publication shortcomings. Only by assessing our inadequacies can we look forward, improve the quality of dermatological research, and provide better evidence-based patient care.

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