By David F. Horrobin MA, DPhil, BM, BCh (auth.)
I am changing into more and more disturbed by way of the inability of less than status of technology published through politicians, industrialists and most people. i'm additionally all for the common mis use of the note "scientific" that is a growing number of getting used in occasions the place it truly is rather irrelevant. for this reason, in a few conditions gross overestimates are made as to what technological know-how can do. In different situations the true energy of technology is foolishly underestimated and the contributions which it may possibly make are squandered. technological know-how is God is an try and clarify simply what's intended through the clinical strategy and to outline extra closoJ. y what the notice "scientific" exhibits. it truly is intentionally short and debatable simply because i would like it to be learn. in reality, the fabric handled in each one unmarried bankruptcy fairly merits an entire booklet to itself. sooner or later i am hoping that i could be capable of supply to every topic such complete remedy. in the meantime i am hoping that this booklet will stimulate dialogue approximately technology and may bring up knowing of it. DAVID F.
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The proof that smoking causes lung cancer is now, therefore, becoming truly scientific and rests on more than the mere demonstration of a statistical association. When two apparently identical groups are compared, both known to be susceptible to the smoking habit, the one which smokes has a much higher 45 Science is God death rate from lung cancer than the control group which does not smoke. This is a properly scientific conclusion. But it is a pity that it is not more often remembered that statistical associations between phenomena do not necessarily mean that the one is causing the other.
The experimental tests of the hypothesis must be such that they can be repeated over and over again. The results of a single piece of work can never be relied upon. Only rarely do we know all the factors which influence a phenomenon. Only rarely can we be sure that some unknown factor is not disturbing the results. 4. The scientist who formulates a hypothesis must have so much faith in it that at least in the first instance he is prepared to ignore apparently contradictory experimental facts. Most major advances in science depend on demonstrating that some widely accepted fact is either just not true or is based upon a misconception.
This, of course, means rejecting virtually the whole of modern medicine. I am a little contemptuous of those who make a very loud noise about animal experiments but who have no hesitation in rushing to the doctor as soon as their little toe begins to ache. There are important limitations to the value of animal experiments. Right at the beginning a variable factor whose significance is unknown is introduced. I want to understand the control of blood pressure in man. But most experiments on man cannot be justified on ethical grounds and so I must use animals.