Medicine: The Ingelfinger Rule

Does it strangle the flow of medical news?

One article reports that a widely acclaimed ulcer drug called cimetidine is actually less effective than ordinary antacids in treating seriously ill patients suffering from gastrointestinal bleeding. Another presents evidence that the incidence of hepatitis A is greater than normal in homosexual men and is related to their sexual practices. These are just two of the articles in last week's New England Journal of Medicine, a weekly that has been making news practically from the time it was founded in 1812.

Many significant firsts in medicine...

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