How Medical Practice Has Gone Wrong: Causes of the Lack-of-Reproducibility Crisis in Medical Research

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Henry Hermann Bauer


Modern medical practice has gone wrong by over-emphasizing drug-based treatment for chronic, constitutional conditions. The failure to distinguish between infectious and innate conditions was exacerbated by misinterpretation of quantitative measures, inappropriate statistical analysis, and inadequate regulation. The drug industry has become too influential as a result of these mis-steps and is a source of many conflicts of interest that are barriers to improving matters. This article summarizes some of the current problems facing medical practice and offers suggestions to address these problems.

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Henry Hermann Bauer, Dean Emeritus of Arts & Sciences Professor Emeritus of Chemistry & Science Studies Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University