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September 15, 2005
Here and There
Work and home have conspired to leave little time for blogging for today. I'm glad that I do something easy for a living like discovering wonder drugs, rather than re-seeding my lawn full time. Crabgrass farming, on the other hand, I seem to have a natural touch for.
There are some other folks out there posting some worthwhile stuff, though. Try Orac on testimonials versus real evidence, for example. The "here's a true-life story" method of proving efficacy has never cut much ice with me, either, and it bothers me when patients line up at FDA hearings to recount their experiences with a drug up for review. Look at Iressa - it definitely helps some people, the ones with the relevant mutation, and those people will deliver an understandably passionate endorsement. But the patient population for which Iressa (and the other therapies) did nothing is not available to testify, being for the most part dead.
Teaching chemistry is the subject on another site. THe profession has been wrestling for a long time with this problem. Most students dislike chemistry when they encounter the introductory courses. Is that the fault of the subject itself, of how it's commonly taught, or is it the students themselves?
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