Originally published on Mon December 30, 2013 5:09 am
Go to the doctor with knee pain, and they might say you've got a meniscus tear and need surgery to fix it. But surgery for this common problem might not be any better at relieving pain than having no surgery at all, according to researchers who went to the trouble of performing fake surgery to find out.
The gold standard for medical research is a randomized controlled trial, but it's hard to sign people up if they might undergo pretend surgery.
Steve Scher talks with journalist Hooman Majd about his book, “The Ministry of Guidance Invites You To Not Stay," which chronicles moving to Iran with his wife and child in 2011 to live in the country he was born in, but had never really lived in.