Boston: Two papers examining the effects of estrogen pills on older women's hearts reached the New England Journal of Medicine at exactly the same time. One suggested that the hormone prevents heart disease, the other that it causes it. Both studies were found to be VALID, and both are being published today's issue of the journal. The conflicting results, say experts, hold lessons about how science works and what should be made of its conclusions.
Dr. Marcia Angell, deputy editor of the journal, said the papers were sent independently to outside Experts for evaluation, and both appeared to be well done and worth publishing. So the weekly magazine ran them back to back. 'No study we publish came down to us on a tablet,' she said. 'There's always a possibility that something is missing or that something is wrong. I think it's a nice reminder that science is fallible.'
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I am not bashing science or scientific investigating. I am looking at how much we influence those things that we want to be true and how much we depend on someone else's belief