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What is experimental?
  1. Bob Phillips
  1. Centre for Reviews and Dissemination, University of York, York, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Bob Phillips, Centre for Reviews and Dissemination, University of York, York YO10 5DD, UK; bob.phillips{at}

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We’ve said before that evidence-based medicine is about using the ‘best available’ evidence, and that while we’d love all our treatments to be supported by large randomised clinical trials and systematic reviews, Archimedes is living proof that this often isn’t the case.

Sometimes we’ll be in the situation where the treatment could be quite reasonably subjected to a randomised trial. But there …

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