The James Lind Library’s Introduction to Fair Tests of Treatments

Clarke, Mike; Atkinson, Patricia; Badenoch, Douglas; Chalmers, Iain; Glasziou, Paul; Podolsky, Scott; Tröhler, Ulrich (2019). The James Lind Library’s Introduction to Fair Tests of Treatments. Edinburgh: Royal College of Physicians

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The explanatory essays in The James Lind Library have been rewritten in book format, with illustrations and examples from the history of fair tests. At various times in our lives and to varying levels of intensity, we all use, provide or pay for health and social care. As we decide what to do, take, offer or buy, we need evidence that is reliable, robust and trustworthy about different options. Even before James Lind’s experiment comparing possible treatments for scurvy on HMS Salisbury people had recognised that getting this evidence requires strenuous efforts to reduce bias – but that achieving this is often not straightforward. This book of essays from the James Lind Library is our attempt to illustrate some of the challenges encountered and how to overcome them.

Item Type:

Book (Monograph)


04 Faculty of Medicine > Pre-clinic Human Medicine > Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine

UniBE Contributor:

Tröhler, Ulrich


600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 360 Social problems & social services


Royal College of Physicians




Doris Kopp Heim

Date Deposited:

26 Jun 2019 09:24

Last Modified:

26 Oct 2019 17:57




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