Two acupuncture trials recently published in the Archives1,2 share 2 seemingly incompatible characteristics: (1) they both appear to be high-quality experiments using adequate sample size and credible placebo controls and (2) both abstracts contain epistemologically unfounded conclusions.
Bausell B, O’Connell NE. Acupuncture Research: Placebos by Many Other Names. Arch Intern Med. 2009;169(19):1806–1818. doi:10.1001/archinternmed.2009.378
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