Guide To Further Reading

Barach P, Small S D 2000 Reporting and preventing medical mishaps: lessons from non-medical near miss reporting systems. British Medical Journal 320: 759-763.

de Craen A et al 1996 Effect of colour of drugs:

systematic review of perceived effect of drugs and their effectiveness. British Medical Journal 313: 1624-1626

Editorial 1988 When to believe the unbelievable. Nature 333: 787 A report of an investigation into experiments with antibodies in solutions that contained no antibody molecules (as in some homoeopathic medicines). The editor of Nature took a three-person team (one of whom was a professional magician, included to detect any trickery) on a week-long visit to the laboratory that claimed positive results. Despite the scientific seriousness of the operation it developed comical aspects (codes of the contents of test tubes were taped to the laboratory ceiling); the Nature team, having reached an unfavourable view of the experiments 'sped past the [laboratory] common-room filled with champagne bottles destined now not to be opened'. Full reports in this issue of Nature (28 July 1988), including an acrimonious response by the original scientist, are highly recommended reading, both for scientific logic and for entertainment. See also Nature 1994 370: 322

Ernst E, Thompson J 2001 Heavy metals in traditional Chinese medicines: a systematic review. Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics 70: 497-504

Ferner R E 2000 Medication errors that have led to manslaughter charges. British Medical Journal 321: 1212-1216

Kleijnen J et al 1994 Placebo effect in double-blind clinical trials. Lancet 344:1347-1349 Mead T (ed) 1998 Science-based complementary medicine. Royal College of Physicians of London; London

Meitzer M 12001 Introduction to health economics for physicians. Lancet 358: 993-998 (and subsequent papers in this quintet). Moynihan R et al 2000 Coverage by the news media of the benefits and risks of medications. New England Journal of Medicine 342:1645-1650 Reason J 2000 Human error: models and management.

British Medical Journal 320: 768-770 Thomas K B 1994 The placebo in general practice.

Lancet 344:1066 Urquhart J 2000 Erratic patient compliance with prescribed drug regimens: target for drug delivery systems. Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics 67: 331-334

Vickers A 2000 Complementary medicine. British

Medical Journal 321: 683-686 Vickers A, Zollman C 1999 Homeoepathy. British

Medical Journal 319:1115-1118 Volmink J, Matchaba P, Garner P 2000 Directly observed therapy and treatment adherence. Lancet 355:1345-1350 Weingart S N et al 2000 Epidemiology of medical error. British Medical Journal 320: 774-777 Zollman C, Vickers A1999 What is complementary medicine? British Medical Journal 319: 693-696 (and other articles in this series).

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