Bad Medicine, Part 1: (Drug) Trials and Tribulations
Birth defects resulting from thalidomide led medical researchers to exclude women of child-bearing age from clinical trials. (Photo: AP/flickr)
Season 6, Episode 26
This week on Freakonomics Radio: We tend to think of medicine as a science, but for most of human history it has been scientific-ish at best. Stephen J. Dubner looks at the grotesque mistakes produced by centuries of trial-and-error, and asks whether the new era of evidence-based medicine is the solution.
Plus: sometimes the only thing worse than being excluded from a drug trial is being included in it.