Multiple sclerosis: a cure or a contradiction?
Inconsistent science leaves patients guessing
Version of Record online: 14 MAR 2011
© 2011 The Royal Statistical Society
Volume 8, Issue 1, pages 36–38, March 2011
How to Cite
Kovalchik, S. (2011), Multiple sclerosis: a cure or a contradiction?. Significance, 8: 36–38. doi: 10.1111/j.1740-9713.2011.00478.x
- Issue online: 14 MAR 2011
- Version of Record online: 14 MAR 2011
Multiple sclerosis is a debilitating disease. An Italian study seems to offer a cure. Small wonder that sufferers are queuing for the operation that it suggests – and that some surgeons are offering to perform it and offer “liberation”– for a fee. But are the hopes and operations justified? As Stephanie Kovalchik reports, a statistical contradiction at the heart of the theory has still to be resolved.