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Shafer on Harmon's article med_empowered

Posted by pseudoname on November 17, 2005, at 9:27:38

In reply to Re: NYT ''new trends'', posted by med_empowered on November 17, 2005, at 6:23:32

In an email this morning, I suggested to Jack Shafer that Amy Harmon's article was an example of unsupported NYT trend-spotting like the earlier Ivy-grad motherhood article he criticized. He replied,

> I read this one closely. I don't think they
> crossed the line and asserted that their
> information was anything but anecdotal.

In truth, the drug-diversion article wasn't as empty and "hand-waving" as the motherhood article. And there was a little hard data (the study that found 14% of one college's students admitting diverting prescription drugs to/from friends). Also I don't think the overall picture is fallacious, as it may have been in the motherhood story.

But I think the article implied that it proved more than it actually proved about self-pharmacy trends.




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